Wednesday, October 10

As of October 11, 2018

Opening Session

10:00 – 10:30

Opening Remarks

Plenary Session 1

10:30 – 12:00

Cool Capitalism

Along with the ongoing and sizable shift from fossil fuels as major energy source to renewable energy with massive introduction, change is taking place in the financial markets as well, including the rapid rise of green bonds and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Under such circumstances, what should businesses and financiers do in order to realize a virtuous cycle leading to environmental sustainability and economic growth through innovation toward decarbonisation? This session focuses on the driving force of “green innovation”.

Nobuo Tanaka(Moderator)

Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation;
Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Hiro Mizuno

Executive Managing Director and CIO,
Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

Yves Perrier

Chief Executive Officer
of Amundi Asset Management

Nobuhide Hayashi

Chairman, Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Yoshihiro Hasebe

Member of the Board and
Senior Managing Executive Officer
and Senior Vice President, R&D,
Kao Corporation

Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter

Chief Technology Officer,
Technology Oversight & Coordination,
Saudi Arabian Oil Company

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch / Side Event

Side Event

12:10 – 12:40

Top 10 Innovations

“Top 10 Innovations” is an event to select the most notable among recent innovative developments in energy and climate change mitigation. By examining the field "Top 10 Innovations" will provide the latest snapshot of technology development and diffusion with the potential to transform society in the fields of energy and environment. The event helps us to understand the state and trends of innovations in each respective area, and helps find areas where further efforts are needed in the future. This year, the shortlist of “Top 10 Innovations” has two categories of “Technology Foreseen by 2050” and “Business Model Transformation”. Three distinguished experts, Dr. Ajay Mathur, Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Dr. Itaru Yasui discusses this year’s nominees.

Kenichiro Yamaguchi(Moderator)

Research Director,
Environment and Energy Division, Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc.

Ajay Mathur

Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI); Member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA);
Professor Emeritus, Vienna University of Technology (TU WIEN)

Itaru Yasui

Honorary Adviser, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE);
Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo

Side Event

12:50 – 13:20

Digitalization and the Transformation of Cities and Communities

CO2 net-zero emissions necessitate the transformation of infrastructure and built environment in cities and communities. This side event focuses on the state and challenges in cities and communities being changed through ICT technologies and new materials. Prof. Michael Joseph Kelly, University of Cambridge, will give a presentation on “IT, Infrastructure and the Energising of Megacities of the Future” and Mr. Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer, London City, on “Making London the World’s Smartest City.” Discussion will follow moderated by Prof. Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba.

Vaclav Smil(Moderator)

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

Theo Blackwell

Chief Digital Officer for London, Greater London Authority

Michael Joseph Kelly

Emeritus Prince Philip Professor of Technology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

IPCC Special Report Global Warming of 1.5 ℃

IPCC Special Report Global Warming of 1.5 ℃, which assesses literature on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 ℃ above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, will be approved at the 48th Session of the IPCC on 5 October 2018 and be provided to the COP before its 24th Session which will be held in December 2018. In this side event, Dr. Thelma Krug, Vice-Chair of the IPCC, will introduce the Summary of the IPCC Special Report Global Warming 1.5 ℃ to share the latest assessment and fill scientific gaps.

Akihiro Kuroki(Moderator)

Managing Director, Charge of Global Environment & Sustainable Development Unit, 
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Thelma Krug

Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Plenary Session 2

13:30 – 15:00

Mobility Transition

In addition to Japan and the USA, several countries including the U.K., France, China, and India are considering accelerating the deployment of electrified vehicles as a means of addressing climate change and air pollution. With the rapid growth of the sharing economy, ride-sharing and car-sharing services are expected to reduce energy demand. Furthermore, self-driving technologies are being incorporated in EV systems. How can these technologies and business models in the mobility sector contribute to “green innovation”? This session shares the prospects for the coming mobility society.

David Sandalow(Moderator)

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University;
Co-Director, Energy and Environment Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Takeshi Uchiyamada

Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Toyota Motor Corporation

Liu Xueliang

General Manager, Asia-Pacific Auto Sales Division,

Peter Kronschnabl

President and CEO of
BMW Group Japan

Executive Talk

15:00 – 15:15

Environmental Initiatives of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

David Sandalow(Moderator)

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University;
Co-Director, Energy and Environment Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Masaki Sakuyama

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

15:15 – 15:45

Short Break

Concurrent Sessions 1

15:45 – 17:45

Circular Economy

There is an activating transition from a conventional “manufacturing-sales-disposal” society to economic activities not depending on resource consumption. This session focuses on the role of policy and new business models that generate added value by recycling materials and the provision of services instead of the sale of goods.

Valli Moosa(Chair)

Former Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism,
Republic of South Africa

Fulvia Raffaelli

Head of DG GROW Unit ‘Clean Products and Technologies’,
European Commission

Daniela Cristina Antelmi Pigosso

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Section of Engineering Design and Product Development,
Technical University of Denmark

Hiroyuki Tsutsumi

Senior Vice President, Royal Philips;
President and CEO, Philips Japan, Ltd.

Yumiko Noda

President & Representative Director,
Veolia Japan K.K. / Veolia Jenets K.K.

Yasunori Naito

Senior Specialist,
Environmental Evolution Department,
Sustainability Management Division,
Ricoh Co., Ltd.

IoT for CO2 Reduction

IoT (Internet of Things) can reduce CO2 emissions. This session focuses on improving productivity through equipment control and energy management through data collection as well as building a new infrastructure to harness energy consumption data. It also focuses on the challenges of the network society.

Itaru Yasui(Chair)

Honorary Adviser, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE);
Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo

Shota Kobayashi

Manager, Market Development,
Enel X

Akio Yamada

Vice President, Enterprise Business Unit,
NEC Corp.

Tatsuya Noguchi

President & Representative Director,
ABB Bailey Japan Limited

Richard Schomberg

IEC Ambassador for Smart Energy

Hiroyuki Fujita

Professor, Advanced Research Laboratories,
Tokyo City University


Hydrogen is attracting attention as a low CO2 energy carrier. In order to support the dissemination of hydrogen, various strategies and visions are being made. In addition to the latest situations and issues for countries, this session focuses on organizational efforts as they relate to hydrogen.

Kazunari Sasaki(Chair)

Senior Vice President & Distinguished Professor,
International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy,
Kyushu University

Aqil Jamal

Chief Technologist,
Carbon Management Research Division,
Saudi Aramco, Dhahran Saudi Arabia

Markus Bachmeier

Head of Hydrogen Solutions,
Technology & Innovation,
The Linde Group

Kazuhiro Fukazawa

Executive General Manager, Advanced R&D and Engineering Company, Powertrain Company, Toyota Motor Corp.

Alfred Wong

Managing Director of Asia Pacific,
Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Motohiko Nishimura

Deputy General Manager, Associate Officer, Hydrogen Project Development Center,
Corporate Technology Division,
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Growing Renewable Energy and Grid Stabilisation

Power grid operation may become unstable with the massive introduction of renewable energy, given its tendency to fluctuate in output. On the other hand, if it is used as a distributed power supply, it can be operated to contribute to stabilization of the grid. This session focuses on new business models and policies for grid stabilization.

Kenji Yamaji(Chair)

Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE);
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

Satoshi Morozumi

Senior Researcher, Smart Community Department, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Toshiro Kudama

Chief Power Development Officer, Senior Executive Vice President, JERA Co., Inc.

Marc Crauwels

Vice President, Utility Sales, REstore NV

Vahan Gevorgian

Chief Engineer, Grid Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

18:00 – 20:00

Official Dinner

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Thursday, October 11

Concurrent Sessions 2

10:00 – 12:00

Decarbonisation by Industrial Sector

Companies play a key role in decarbonisation. Their contributions are visualized as the first step to assess the extent of impact for mitigation of climate change. The visualized contributions should be shared among relevant stakeholders as appropriate information. Investors place greater emphasis on the business strategy for developing their strengths such as low-carbon technologies and eco-solutions.
This session focuses on technical issues and policy barriers arising in practical actions for decarbonaisation.

Jon Moore(Chair)

Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Yukiko Araki

Corporate Officer, Executive General Manager,
Sustainability Promotion Division,
Hitachi, Ltd.

Takayuki Kitajima

General Counsel,
Representative Director,
Unilever Japan Holdings K.K.

Matthias Finkbeiner

Managing Director Institute of Environmental Technology,
Chair of Sustainable Engineering,
Technische Universität Berlin

Masaaki Nagamura

General Manager, International Initiatives,
Strategy and Synergy Department,
Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.

Renewable Microgrid and Energy Access

Microgrids have networked aggregations of generators and storage devices. By optimally controlling these according to demand, microgrids have the potential to contribute to the massive introduction of renewable energy in harmony with the existing grids. This session focuses on the current usage and roles of microgrids. It also focuses on the future of microgrids.

Ajay Mathur(Chair)

Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI);
Member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change

Akihiko Shirahata

Country President Japan,
Schneider Electric

Shigeki Miwa

Representative Director & CEO,
SB Energy Corp.

Franck Girard

Chairman and Managing Director,
Electrical & Automation,
Nidec ASI s.a.

Abhishek Ranjan

Additional Vice President
and Head Renewable,
DSM & EE and Energy Analytics,

Francisco Boshell

Analyst, RE Technology, Standards and Markets, Innovation and Technology Centre,
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Tareq Emtairah

Director, Department of Energy,
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Small Modular Reactor for Nuclear

Venture companies and others are developing various types of compact module reactors (SMRs). As a new possibility of CO2 free power supply, this session focuses on the latest situations and issues of SMR technology development.

Noriko Endo(Chair)

Project Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University

Julio Friedmann

Distinguished Associates,
Energy Futures Initiative

Jose Reyes

Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder,
NuScale Power

Robert C. Braun

Sr. VP & COO,
ARC Nuclear, LLC.

Yutaka Sagayama

Assistant to the President,
Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)


Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) technology is a key means to achieve CO2 net-zero emissions and thus should be further disseminated. This session focuses on the state of efforts by each country toward CCUS investment as well as technical and institutional issues for dissemination.

Sally M. Benson(Chair)

Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University;
Director, Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University;
Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

Fatima Maria Ahmad

Senior Solutions Fellow,
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Tao Wang

Professor, College of Energy Engineering,
Zhejiang University

Masaki Iijima

Senior Chief Engineer,
CO2 EOR Business Department,
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd.

Hideo Nomoto

Chief Fellow,
8Rivers Capital LLC

Andrea Ramírez

Professor, Engineering Systems and Services,
Group Energy & Industry,
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management,
Delft University of Technology

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch / Side Event

Side Event

12:10 – 13:05

ICEF2018 Roadmap: Direct Air Capture

With the Paris Agreement’s ambition of limiting climate change to well below 2 ℃, negative emission technologies (NETs) have come into the limelight of discussions in climate science and policy arena. Requirement of portfolio approach of NETs is extensively discussed lately, and there is an increasing expectation for Direct Air Capture (DAC) in the approach. In this side event, Dr. Etsushi Kato, The Institute of Applied Energy (IAE), will introduce various NETs and their potentials and limitations. Then Mr. David Sandalow, Columbia University and Dr. S.Julio Friedmann, Energy Futures Initiative will give a presentation on “Status of DAC and DAC roadmap.” Discussion will follow moderated by Dr. Atsushi Kurosawa, IAE.

Atsushi Kurosawa(Moderator)

Director, Global Environment Programs, Research and Development Division, The Institute of Applied Energy

Julio Friedmann

Distinguished Associates,
Energy Futures Initiative

David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University;
Co-Director, Energy and Environment Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Etsushi Kato

Vice Director, Global Environment Programs, Research and Development Division, The Institute of Applied Energy

Concurrent Session 3

13:30 – 15:30

SDGs for Business Activity

Achieving the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) through innovative business solutions can not only generate significant societal and environmental benefits but also improve corporate sustainability by fulfilling the social needs. This session focuses on a better understanding of the opportunities brought by incorporating SDGs into strategy. It also focuses on desirable institutional and societal environments which encourage more businesses to incorporate the SDGs.

Ismail Serageldin(Chair)

Founding Director Emeritus, Library of Alexandria

Kanako Fukuda

General Manager, CSR Office,
Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

Masafumi Okuda

Assistant Manager,
Corporate Citizenship Dept., AEON Co., Ltd.

Nicolette Bartlett

Director of Climate Change, CDP

Jim Falk

Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne

Smart Consumers

Consumer purchasing decisions influence the amount of CO2 emissions. This session focuses on consumer behavior rather than on machinery or technology-oriented measures on the demand-side. It also focuses on how to change consumer behavior through innovation without sacrificing economic growth.

Eija-Riitta Korhola(Chair)

Delegate of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change;
Advisor in the EU Affairs

Julian Hill-Landolt

Director, Sustainable Lifestyles, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Joe Pattinson

Head of Mobility Services, BMW China

Masakazu Shio

Technical General Manager,
External Relation Group,
Housing Company, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.

Kiyoshi Nishimura

General Manager,
Marketing and Digital & DER Sales Planning Department,
Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.

Alexander Clark

Behavioural Insights Team

Fintech for Climate Change

Fintech can contribute to innovations in the environment and energy fields. For example, climate actions such as increasing renewable energy ratio and adopting clean transport are encouraged by using some mobile payment networks and financial platforms. This session focuses on the potentials and challenges of “Fintech in favor of climate action”.

Georg Erdmann(Chair)

Professor, Berlin University of Technology;
Member of the independent Expert group "Energy for the Future" consulting the Federal Government on the German Energy Transformation

Toyohito Tanaka

Executive Vice President,
Alibaba Japan

Marei Oshima

Executive Officer, Head of Corporate Planning Office, Chief Financial Officer,
Global Mobility Service Inc.

Makoto Goda

Nippon Biodiesel Fuel Co., Ltd. (NBF)

Matthew McShane

Regional Manager, TRINE


Chemical products and fuels can be produced from biomass resources. This session focuses on possibilities of innovation and non-technical hindrance factors regarding these biorefinery technologies. It also focuses on issues of biomass resources and cases of lifecycle evaluation.

Reiko Kuroda(Chair)

Professor, Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science;
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo;
Ambassador, Women’s Initiative in Developing STEM Career (WINDS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kiyohiko Igarashi

Associate Professor, Forest Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Biomaterial Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
The University of Tokyo

Tom Granström

Senior Expert and Team Leader, St1 Nordic Oy/
St1 Renewable Energy Oy/ Advanced Fuels R&D

Unggul Priyanto

Agency for the Assessment and
Application of Technology (BPPT),

Yasunori Kikuchi

Associate Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, The University of Tokyo

15:30 – 16:00

Short Break

Plenary Session 3

16:00 – 17:30

Inclusive Action towards a Net-zero Emissions Future

Non-party actors like municipal governments and individual companies have been increasing their involvement in the context of the long-term climate goals towards CO2 net- zero emission. For example, some cities aim for 100% renewable electricity supply to meet demand and some companies commit to renewable power sources for 100% of their electricity consumption. This session shares experiences and efforts, and explores ways to build networks and scale up actions to achieve climate goals.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic(Moderator)

Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA);
Professor Emeritus, Vienna University of Technology (TU WIEN)

Tatsuo Ogawa

Executive officer, Innovation Promotion Sector,
Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division,
Panasonic Corporation

Pascal de Sain

Vice President,
DSM Advanced Solar

Sarah Chandler

Senior director of
Operations Product Development and
Environmental Initiatives, Apple Inc.

Robert B. Weisenmiller, Ph.D.

Chair, California Energy Commission

Toshiyuki Hata

Vice-Governor of
Fukushima Prefecture

Closing Session

17:30 – 18:00

Closing Remarks

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