ICEF 2021 Program

Pathways to Carbon Neutrality by 2050: Accelerating the pace of global decarbonization

  • All sessions and events are held during the daytime hours in Japan Standard Time and will be distributed online.
  • The programs are subject to change.
  • Information will be updated.

Wednesday, October 6

Opening Session

A message from a co-host

Keynote

Wednesday, October 6
14:35 - 15:05

Keynote 1
Dialogue between Dr. Fatih Birol (IEA Executive Director) and
Mr. Nobuo Tanaka (ICEF Chair)

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Plenary Session

Wednesday, October 6
15:10 - 16:40

Policy Innovation

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions has dropped at the global level during the COVID-19, however, they continued to rebound. Therefore, various actions respectively need to be taken in order to achieve the carbon neutrality (CN) targets globally.
Depending on each country’s economic structure, current energy systems, and CO2 emission reduction target, they would pass through different pathways to achieve CN targets.
This session will discuss practical ways to achieve those targets, such as political approaches and opportunities to learn each country’s case, by understanding structure and concept of each government’s policy.

Tanaka Nobuo 田中 伸男

Tanaka Nobuo(Moderator)

Chair, Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Hoesung Lee ホーセン・リー

Hoesung Lee(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
Endowed Chair Professor, Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Korea University

ウー・ジャンホワWu Changhua

Changhua Wu

Chief Executive Director, Beijing Future Innovation Center

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Technology Session

Wednesday, October 6
16:50 - 17:50

Sustainable Food System for 2050

Food systems (including production, transportation, processing, packaging, storage, retail, consumption, loss and disposal) are the areas where little attention has been paid to as climate measures. However, a present estimate suggests that food systems has a potential to abate about 20% of the CO2 reduction required to achieve carbon neutrality (CN) around 2050.
In this session, the current food system situation and the future perspectives will be presented, and then it will discuss along the supply chain. Specifically, in addition to the necessary actions and the required societies in the long-term (2050), the short-term efforts (until 2030) will be also discussed by dividing them into the production-distribution stage and the consumption stage.

David Sandalow デービッド・サンダロー

David Sandalow(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University;
Co-Director, Energy and Environment Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

Ismail Serageldin

Ismail Serageldin(Panelist)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria, Founding Director of the Library of Alexandria

石井 菜穂子 Ishii Naoko

Ishii Naoko

Executive Vice President and Director,
Center for Global Commons,
the University of Tokyo

Brian Bosireブライアン・ボジール

Brian Bosire

Founder and CEO,
UjuziKilimo & Hydrologistics Africa

Uma Lele ウマ・レーレ

Uma Lele

President-elect of the International Agricultural Economists Association(IAEA)

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Thursday, October 7

Technology Session

Thursday, October 7
9:00 - 10:00

Energy System Integration

This year ICEF will have two technology sessions on using digital technologies as solutions for supply-demand mismatches and digital optimization: “Energy System Integration” and “Digital Technology to achieve Efficiency and Decarbonization.” The “Energy System Integration” Session will cover solutions toward achieving carbon neutrality by around 2050 from an energy supply viewpoint. Discussions will focus on not only electricity but also other energy sources and reach beyond the energy sector to cover connection and interaction among the electric power sector and non-energy sectors, as well as optimal supply-demand balancing and energy systems to support integration. Near future and medium-term aspects will also be discussed.

Sally M. Benson サリー・ベンソン

Sally M. Benson(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering,
School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University;
Former Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

Yamaji Kenji 山地 憲治

Yamaji Kenji(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
President/Director-General,Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE);
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

西村 陽 Nishimura Kiyoshi

Nishimura Kiyoshi

Guest Professor, Business Engineering, Osaka University

エジョン・バイク Ejeong Baik

Ejeong Baik

PhD Candidate, Department of Energy Resources Engineering,
Stanford University, USA

カールアルベルト・ググリエルミノッティ

Carlalberto Guglielminotti

Chief Executive Officer, NHOA

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Technology Session

Thursday, October 7
10:10 - 11:10

Nuclear Power as a Power Source for Decarbonization

In this session, from the perspective of the short-term and the mid- to long-term, we will discuss the technical development of existing light-water reactor (LWR) technologies and next-generation reactor technologies in the context of the timeframe aimed at carbon neutrality by 2050. In addition, we will also touch upon initiatives concerning the social acceptance of nuclear power technologies.

Richard K. Lester リチャード・レスター

Richard K. Lester(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Associate Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eija-Riitta Korhola エイヤ-リイタ・コーホラ

Eija-Riitta Korhola(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Delegate of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change;
Advisor in the EU Affairs

Kanzaki Yurugi

Kanzaki Yurugi

Director, Nuclear Systems Engineering Department, Nuclear Energy Systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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Technology Session

Thursday, October 7
11:20 - 12:20

Negative Emission Technologies

Aiming for the achievement of Carbon Neutral in 2050, Negative Emission Technologies (NETs) such as Direct Air Capture and Storage (DACCS) and Bioenergy CCS (known as BiCRS or BECCS) are drawing attention in various fields as methods of treating residually emitted CO2.
In this session, we will provide an overview of the current situation regarding cost, one of the major challenges regarding NETs, and discuss the social systems necessary to promote the introduction and diffusion of these technologies, as well as challenges in the social implementation phase. Toward carbon neutrality, we will discuss the initiatives that are required in the short-term and mid- to long-term.

David Sandalow デービッド・サンダロー

David Sandalow(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University;
Co-Director, Energy and Environment Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

S. Julio Friedmann ジュリオ・フリードマン

S. Julio Friedmann

Senior Research Scholar, Center for Global Energy Policy,
Columbia University

秋元 圭吾 Akimoto Keigo

Akimoto Keigo

Group Leader of Systems Analysis Group, Chief Researcher, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)

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Keynote

Keynote 2
Video Message from Mr. Michael Bloomberg
(Interview by Mr. Nobuo Tanaka (ICEF Chair))

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Plenary Session

Thursday, October 7
13:30 - 14:45

Behavioral Innovation for a Decarbonized Society

Individual behavioral change of all stakeholders in society plays essential roles to achieve carbon neutrality (CN). As an example, households consume 29% of global energy (21% of resultant CO2 emissions), and one study implies that individual behavioral change across various sectors such as agriculture, food, energy, and transport could abate 20-37% of the projected total GHG emissions from 2020 to 2050.
To make individuals change, we need to design how behavioral innovations could be triggered towards the reduction of GHG emissions since human behavior is not always backed with rationality. Behavioral innovation can be defined as causing a fundamental change in human behavior by effectively triggering right actions in order to create an impact that matters. In this point, public awareness is only a precondition to lead to behavioral change and social innovations towards a decarbonized society. However, the key question here is how to keep the public awareness at its present level (against other urgent problems such as COVID-19, shortage of housing, etc.) and how to "use" this level of awareness towards emission reductions.
This session will discuss the short-term (2030) and the long-term (2050) changes/pathways for individual behavioral innovation, and also what kind of public awareness is expected to accelerate such innovation.

Kuroda Reiko

Kuroda Reiko(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Designated Professor, Frontier Research Institute, Chubu University;
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

Georg Erdmann

Georg Erdmann(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Retired Professor for Energy Systems,Berlin University of Technology;
President of the Board, KSB Energie AG, Berlin

Rob Harrison ロブ・ハリソン

Rob Harrison

Director,
Ethical Consumer Research Association

Matt O'Keefe

Matt O'Keefe

Head of Opower at Oracle Utilities

Rakhim Rakhimov ラキム・ラキモフ

Rakhim Rakhimov

Behavioral Research Associate, Center for Behavior & the Environment, Rare

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Technology Session

Thursday, October 7
15:00 - 16:00

Digital Technology to achieve Efficiency and Decarbonization

This year ICEF will have two technology sessions on using digital technologies as solutions for supply-demand mismatches and digital optimization. The “Digital Technology to achieve Efficiency and Decarbonization” Session will forecast the changes of lifestyle, values of living, and the new business through societal digitalization and how such changes may impact the energy demand. We will then discuss the development of power saving technology to achieve both digital business expansion and the carbon neutrality.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic ネボイシァ・ナキチェノヴィッチ

Nebojsa Nakicenovic(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Executive Director, The World in 2050 (TWI2050);
Emeritus Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Kari Dahlgren カリ・ダルグレン

Kari Dahlgren

Research Fellow,
Emerging Technologies Research Lab,
Monash University

Sugibayashi Naohiko 杉林 直彦

Sugibayashi Naohiko

Co-Founder/CEO,
Nanobridge Semiconductor, Inc.

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Plenary Session

Thursday, October 7
16:15 - 17:30

Private Sector’s Responsibility for Achieving Carbon Neutrality

In recent years, there are a number of huge trends that various countries have been declaring carbon neutrality (CN) and taking actions to achieve it at the national level. Likewise, private sector also plays a crucial role in supporting the CN achievement in terms of the decarbonized technologies’ development and dissemination. Besides, each company itself should take actions such as their business model changes for the long-term vision to achieve CN. They are also strongly required to meet the demands from customers and financial institutions, and enhance the mechanism of climate-related disclosure to show their strategies/activities to others.
This session will explore how companies are seeing this global CN movement and how they formulate and execute their business strategies. The expectations from private sector to governments or financial institutions will be also discussed.

Jon Moore ジョン・ムーア

Jon Moore(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Chief Executive Officer, BloombergNEF

ローレンス・トゥビアナ Laurence Tubiana

Laurence Tubiana(Moderator)

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
CEO, European Climate Foundation;
Chair of the Board of Governors, French Development Agency (AFD);
Professor, Sciences Po Paris

Antonina Scheer アントニーナ・シーア

Antonina Scheer

Researcher at the Transition Pathway Initiative, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler

Senior Director, Environment and Supply Chain Innovation/Operations, Apple

Xavier Denoly シャビヤー・デノリー

Xavier Denoly

Sustainable Development Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric

Julien Perez

Julien Perez

Vice President, Strategy & Policy,
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)

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Side Event

Wednesday, October 6
9:00 - 11:00

NEDO Moonshot R&D Program Symposium
“Future Prospect for Direct Air Capture and CO2 Utilization”

Direct Air Capture that directly capture CO2 in the atmosphere is drawing attention as important technology for the achievement of Carbon Neutral. In 2020, NEDO started technology development projects for DAC and utilization of CO2 in the Moonshot Research and Development Program. In this symposium, we will discuss future scenarios for the widespread adoption of DAC while delving into the opportunities and challenges of novel technologies, focusing on Moonshot projects.

Gregory Nemet グレゴリー・ネメット

Gregory Nemet

Professor of Public Affairs, La Follette
School of Public Affairs,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graciela Chichilnisky グラシエラ・シシルニスキー

Graciela Chichilnisky

Co-Founder & CEO, Global Thermostat;
Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics, Columbia University;
Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management, Columbia University

Kodama Akio 児玉 昭雄

Kodama Akio

Professor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University

Sugiyama Masakazu 杉山 正和

Sugiyama Masakazu

Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo

Fujikawa Shigenori 藤川 茂紀

Fujikawa Shigenori

Distinguished Professor, International
Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy
Research, Kyushu University;
Director, Research Center for Negative
Emissions Technologies, Kyushu
University

Noguchi Takafumi 野口 貴文

Noguchi Takafumi

Professor, Department of Architecture,
Graduate School of Engineering,
The University of Tokyo

Kato Souichiro 加藤 創一郎

Kato Souichiro

Senior Researcher, Bioproduction Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Norinaga Koyo 則永 行庸

Norinaga Koyo

Director, Institute of Materials Innovation (i MI), Nagoya University

Fukushima Yasuhiro 福島 康裕

Fukushima Yasuhiro

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University

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Side Event

Thursday, October 7
9:00 - 10:00

Roadmap Event
“Carbon Mineralization”

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Side Event

Thursday, October 7
15:00 - 17:00

The co-hosted event by UNIDO
“Achieving global carbon neutrality – collaboration with developing and emerging nations”

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Closing Sisson

Thursday, October 7
17:35 - 18:05

A message from a co-host/
Summary of Roadmap/Summary of Statement/Summary of ICEF 2021

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