ICEF 2022 Program

Low-Carbon Innovation in a Time of Crises

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Wednesday, October 5

Main Session

Opening Session
Keynote 1

9:30 - 10:15

Opening Session
Keynote 1

Plenary Session 1

10:25 - 11:40

Policy Innovation

In order to achieve carbon neutrality by the mid-21st century, accelerating actions by 2030 is strongly required. Due to the current state of global affairs and rapid shift to renewable energy resulting in high energy price, energy security in each nation is at risk of being jeopardized. While some nations have accelerated renewable energy use because of the high energy price, other nations with heavy reliance on fossil fuels will have to take necessary actions to balance its energy security and further decarbonization.
In this session, policy innovation surrounding broad issues such as global affairs and international energy trade will be discussed.

Moderator
Tanaka Nobuo 田中 伸男

TANAKA Nobuo

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

Adnan Z. Amin アドナン・アミン

Adnan Z. Amin

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Director General Emeritus IRENA;
Senior Adviser to COP 28 President

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Technology Session 1

13:50 - 15:00

Demand-driven Energy Transformation

This session discusses energy transformation of the demand-side by encouraging behavioral changes in energy consumers. The demand-driven energy transformation primarily involves energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy expansion. The discussion focuses specifically on technologies and policy frameworks to assist behavioral change in enhancing energy efficiency and utilizing renewable energy, and social innovation to help the energy demand to be controlled. The session also touches on how the energy consumers could affect the supply-side business. The panelists will share information and knowledge on technologies, innovations, and policies to nudge the consumers toward energy transformation.

Moderator
Kuroda Reiko 黒田 玲子

KURODA Reiko

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

Yamaji Kenji 山地 憲治

YAMAJI Kenji

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

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Technology Session 2

15:15 - 16:15

Actions Needed for Realizing Carbon Neutrality in Heat and Transport Sectors with Hydrogen and E-fuel/E-methane

In hard-to-abate sectors, expectations for hydrogen and synthetic fuels (e-fuel and e-methane) have been growing. For instance, synthetic fuels made from CO2 and hydrogen are expected to play an important role in various sectors such as transport, industry, and household. In particular, electrification on its own will not be enough for decarbonizing the transport sector.
The uptake of hydrogen and synthetic fuels remains limited and faces challenges, and especially so in the transport sector, where it has the highest dependency on fossil fuels than any other sectors.
This session will discuss the latest trends and challenges of hydrogen and synthetic fuels, and what can be achieved by 2030 in order to realize carbon neutrality, mainly focusing on the viewpoint of the supply side to the transport, industry, and household sectors.

Moderator
Georg Erdmann ゲオルク・エアトマン

Georg Erdmann

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

Vikram Singh Mehta ヴィクラム・メータ

Vikram Singh Mehta

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Chairman, Center for Social
and Economic Progress (CSEP)
Research Foundation

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Plenary Session 2

16:30 - 17:45

Energy Transition Leaving Nobody Behind

More than 100 countries have pledged their own Carbon Neutrality (CN), however there are different approaches in each country for realizing the goal. A holistic approach to tackle both the climate change issue and economic development is required to achieve CN on the global scale. We should also consider if rapid mitigation measures such as the sudden mass installation of renewable energy could accelerate the deterioration of energy security, raise unemployment for fossil fuel industry workers, and so on. The pathway to CN in each country is not the same for all countries, but each needs a local, comprehensive transition approach which incorporates an effective fossil fuel policy, industry policy, and environmental policy. This session discusses the compatibility of economic development and carbon neutrality, and the balance between climate change policy and other policies to minimize adverse economic and social impacts. Possible specific actions until 2030 will be explored.

Moderator
Jon Moore ジョン・ムーア

Jon Moore

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

Hoesung Lee ホーセン・リー

Hoesung Lee

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

Vikram Singh Mehta ヴィクラム・メータ

Vikram Singh Mehta

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Chairman, Center for Social
and Economic Progress (CSEP)
Research Foundation

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Side Event

Side Event

8:30 - 10:30

Moonshot R&D Program (NEDO Project-related Event) “CO2 balance and outlook of the Moonshot DAC-U projects”

Direct Air Capture that directly capture CO2 in the atmosphere, and utilization for captured CO2 are drawing attention as important technology for achieving Carbon Neutral. NEDO is implementing multiple DAC-U projects which are DAC and CO2 utilization technology development projects, as part of the Moonshot Research and Development Program. In this session, we will discuss the CO2 balance and outlook in the DAC-U projects of the Moonshot Research and Development Program.

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Side Event

11:50 - 13:20

Roadmap Project (Low-Carbon Ammonia)

The roadmap will
(1) briefly summarize the history of the global ammonia industry as well as the ammonia market today;
(2) explore production pathways for low-carbon ammonia;
(3) consider uses of low-carbon ammonia that can help contribute to achieving net zero emissions;
(4) consider questions associated with ecosystem, climate and health risks from scale-up and use of clean hydrogen and ammonia;
(5) examine policies for promoting the use of law-carbon ammonia to contribute to climate mitigation, and;
(6) offer findings and recommendations.
This session aims to share the draft of Low-Carbon Ammonia Roadmap and explore the key questions related low-carbon ammonia as a decarbonization strategy in the years and decade ahead.

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Side Event

13:30 - 14:15

Non-CO2 GHG Reduction

Non-CO2 greenhouse gases (GHG) include many substances and the two most difficult causes for reduction are methane (CH4) emissions from ruminants and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions related to food production.
The Global Methane Pledge, which aims to reduce methane by 30% by 2030, was launched last year with the participation of over 100 countries including Japan. As such, for achieving carbon neutrality, rapid reduction of non-CO2 GHGs such as methane and nitrous oxide are as essential as the reduction of CO2.
The main sources of these gases are agricultural activities such as enteric fermentation, manure management, rice cultivation, and so on. Also, the reduction measures of these gases are said to be more cost-effective than the reduction measures of CO2 emission.
This session will explore the pathway to mitigating non-CO2 GHGs emitted from agricultural activities, as well as alternative approaches to the agricultural system such as new technologies, policies, diets, and so on.

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Side Event

14:30 - 16:30

The Co-hosted Event by UNIDO “Facilitative decade of action towards just industrial decarbonisation responding to growing demands in developing/emerging countries”

Industries play a pivotal role for the achievement of the United Nations Agenda 2030. They provide various goods and services, which are essential part of the economy while also being responsible for major global GHG emissions. For example, the energy intensive two heavy industries, namely steel and cement, which produce the highly versatile and integral products in the modern life style, represent around 15% of global energy related CO2 emissions. Steady growth of the demands for the products in developing and emerging countries is expected to hike further in particular in post crisis period. Moving ahead, we need to find practical yet ambitions ways to decouple energy use and production growth, appropriately filling gaps in supply and demand while mobilizing technology and finance. This will require innovative policy instruments and approaches towards 2030 and beyond. The side event will gather leading companies as well as government officials and researchers from across the globe and discuss possible measures and enabling conditions as well as facilitative roles which international partnership and cooperation can play to make just transitions towards industrial decarbonisation without compromising economic growth and environmental integrity.

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Side Event

17:50 - 18:35

Conversation between ICEF steering committees and Youth experts

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Thursday, October 6

Keynote 2

9:00 - 9:20

Keynote 2

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Technology Session 3

9:40 - 10:40

Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies

Commitment to achieving carbon neutrality in 2050 has accelerated development and investment in economically and technically available carbon dioxide removal technologies that utilize engineering-based technology and natural resources, such as forests, soil, and ocean.
The latest IPCC AR6 WG3 report published in April 2022 mentioned that carbon removal technologies would become essential in achieving net negative carbon emissions.
However, to promote the deployment of carbon dioxide removal technologies, we need to develop methodologies for quantifying and certifying carbon removal from the atmosphere using such technologies and for ecological impact assessment.
In this session, we will discuss good governance for avoiding conflict with food production and the challenges and possible solutions related to MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification) of carbon removal using carbon dioxide removal technologies.

Moderator
David Sandalow デービッド・サンダロー

David Sandalow

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

Ismail Serageldin イスマイル・セラゲルディン

Ismail Serageldin

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

Sally M. Benson サリー・ベンソン

Sally M. Benson

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

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Technology Session 4

11:00 - 12:00

Sustainable Nuclear Systems

The amount of greenhouse gas tentatively reduced by COVID19 turned to increase again. Giving such a situation, a lot of measures are required to realize carbon neutral in the world. Importance of energy security increased along with the changing international situation. In such a situation, discussion of the importance of nuclear energy increased again.
On the other hand, sustainable conditions of radioactive waste such as sustainability requirements and design along with local communities are required for propelling nuclear energy.
In this session, we will summarize the research and development of nuclear energy and discuss sustainable nuclear system in the context of the timeframe aimed at carbon neutrality by 2050.

Moderator
Richard K. Lester リチャード・レスター

Richard K. Lester

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

Tanaka Nobuo 田中 伸男

TANAKA Nobuo

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

Eija-Riitta Korhola エイヤ=リイタ・コーホラ

Eija-Riitta Korhola

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

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Keynote 3

13:30 - 13:45

Keynote 3

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Technology Session 5

14:00 - 15:15

How to Secure a Sustainable Value Chain in the Age of Resilience:
Critical Metals and Minerals?

We have witnessed successes and innovations in diversifying suppliers, sourcing/resourcing alternative materials, realizing a circular economy and design and redesign with alternatives. Yet, at the same time, our commitment and plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions are being challenged by increasing geopolitical complexity and perplexities, intensified climate change, pollution and loss of nature, long-standing justice and equality questions, in particular around land use and land rights of indigenous communities. Therefore, more urgently than ever, we need to gather collective wisdom and partnerships not only across the supply chain but also beyond it to rethink, redesign and reshape the value chain, and thus meet the challenges and demand of the marketplace and the clean energy and industrial revolution.
In light of the situation, this session will focus on innovations for securing a stable supply of critical metals and minerals in the context of achieving carbon neutrality, while considering the value chain from the production phase, impacts of international trends, alternative materials, and the circular economy.

Moderator
Changhua Wu ウー・チャンホワ

Changhua Wu

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
China Director, Office of Jeremy Rifkin;
Executive Director, Professional Association for China’s Environment;
Chief Strategist, CN Innovation;
Vice Chair, Governing Council,
Asia Pacific Water Forum

David Sandalow デービッド・サンダロー

David Sandalow

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

Valli Moosa バリー・ムーサ

Valli Moosa

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Steering Committee;
Head of the South African
Presidential Climate Commission;
Former President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature
and Natural Resources (IUCN)

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Summarising Session

15:30 - 16:30

Summarising Session
- Overlooking the Outcome of ALL sessions at ICEF2022 -

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Closing Session

16:30 - 17:00

Closing Session

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Side Event

Side Event

11:40 - 13:10

Roadmap Project (Blue Carbon)

The Blue Carbon Roadmap: carbon captured by the world's ocean and coastal ecosystems’ focuses on blue carbon, as one of the negative emission technologies, captured and stored by 1) mangroves, tidal marshes, and seagrasses in the coastal zone, and 2) the cultivation of seaweed such as kelp and sargassum, which has been remarkably advanced in recent years. The roadmap presents the potentials for carbon removals towards 2050, challenges in measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for carbon credits, and innovative technologies that can be used for MRV. This session aims to share the outline of the Blue Carbon Roadmap and explore the key questions related to blue carbon as a decarbonization strategy in the years and decade ahead.

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Side Event

13:30 - 15:30

NEDO Green Innovation Fund Projects Symposium “A Challenge toward Global Supply Chain Carbon Neutrality”

Toward the realization of global supply chain carbon neutrality, innovations in various technology fields as well as integration of these technologies are requested, such as for the construction of alternative fuel supply infrastructure of hydrogen and ammonia etc., introduction of next generation mobility such as zero-emission vessels, and the application of GHG reduction technologies. Achieving global supply chain carbon neutrality also requires the cooperation between countries involved in distribution.
In this session, we will introduce efforts by the public and private sectors of each country, including Japan’s Green Innovation Fund Projects, toward the realization of global supply chain carbon neutrality, and discuss economic measures and ideal forms of international cooperation to accelerate these efforts.

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