Tokyo “Beyond-Zero” Week features six leading international conferences organized and hosted by Japan. Each conference offers a forum for high-level discussions about the key innovations required to build a global roadmap to carbon neutrality and find pathways to go “beyond zero”—namely reducing the levels of CO2 emissions already in the atmosphere.
Led by Kajiyama Hiroshi, Japan’s Minister of Economy Trade & Industry (METI), participants are set to include ministerial-level government representatives from the United States, Europe, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), leaders from national research institutes, as well as leading innovators from academia and industry.
Between October 7th and 14th 2020, Japan will host a series of wide-ranging discussions with these distinguished participants aimed at making an impactful contribution to addressing the global challenge of climate change.
Hosted by the Government of Japan, Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is an annual gathering of leading international stakeholders tackling climate change. ICEF’s mission is to nurture discussion and collaboration among participants, and to disseminate innovations in energy and environmental technology to participants and beyond.
ICEF features a plenary session for broad-ranging discussions as well as concurrent sessions where smaller groups of experts discuss specific technical areas in more detail. The ICEF steering committee has created a program of technical areas for this year’s concurrent sessions designed to ladder up the idea of Japan’s “Environmental Innovation Strategy”.
The main plenary session of this year’s ICEF will be held virtually on October 7-8, following concurrent sessions from September 28 to October 2. The main theme of ICEF 2020 is: Action toward “Beyond Zero” emissions society in light of COVID-19; with a focus on gender equality.
Research and Development 20 for Clean Energy Technologies (RD20) is an annual gathering of the heads of leading R&D institutes from G20 nations. Hosted by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), representatives discuss ways to strengthen alliances between research institutes and promote joint R&D projects with the goal of generating innovations in clean energy technologies that will lead to significant CO2 reductions.
This year’s RD20 will include a series of Technical Sessions on renewable energy; next-generation energy management system with batteries; hydrogen; and CCUS, starting September 29. These key themes will be the subjects of panel discussions by experts from each country. The series of sessions will culminate in a Leaders Session on October 9, featuring high-level discussion by leaders from national research institutes about global collaboration to realize a low-carbon society.
TCFD summit 2020
To facilitate a ‘virtuous cycle of environment and growth’ it is important to encourage companies to commit to climate-related financial disclosure. Established with support from the G20, the aim of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) is to help investors make more informed decisions on green investment and financing while supporting the efforts of companies to discover and cultivate new business opportunities.
Hosted by METI, the TCFD Summit 2020 will be held online on October 9. The Summit will feature discussions by global leaders from the business and financial communities on effective approaches to leveraging TCFD recommendations. It will also include sessions by investment professionals on ways to promote the wider adoption of TCFD recommendations. Throughout the Summit, a wide range of distinguished participants will share their knowledge and insights on climate-related financial disclosure best practices. As the host, Japan will make ongoing efforts to promote broader support for TCFD recommendations.
LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2020
The LNG Producer-Consumer Conference is a global dialogue, held annually since 2012. This year’s conference will be held virtually on October 12. It comes amid a backdrop of great uncertainty in the LNG market with falling demand and an enormous wave of de-carbonization and energy transition driven mainly by Europe.
As the environment surrounding the LNG industry undergoes dramatic transformation, the 2020 edition of this conference will provide a key opportunity for active dialogue among LNG producers, consumers and other stakeholders to discuss new ideas for creating a balance between tackling global climate change and economic recovery. Through this conference, METI, aims to enhance and strengthen the win-win relationships between producers and consumers.
International Conference on Carbon Recycling 2020
Co-hosted by Japan’s METI and NEDO, the International Conference on Carbon Recycling 2020 will be held and livestreamed on October 13. Launched in 2019 as the world’s first major international conference dedicated to carbon recycling technologies, it brings together the leading experts worldwide to discuss the latest innovations aimed at capturing CO2 and treating it as a resource that can be recycled for useful purposes. These technologies offer the promise of both reducing the levels of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere and producing valuable by-products from this process.
Japan aims to take a global leadership role in leveraging carbon recycling to achieve zero emissions and in partnership with the international community make a significant contribution to tackling the challenge of global warming.
Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting 2020
Hydrogen is increasingly attracting global attention as a new energy that offers the potential to decarbonize a wide range of sectors including industry, transportation, power generation, and heat use.
First held in 2018, the Hydrogen Ministerial Meeting offers a key forum for countries around the world to stay in step with the latest innovations in this space, deepen technological cooperation and promote the use of hydrogen as a power source globally.
As host, Japan will seek the support of ministers from around the world for an expanded role for hydrogen in the global push to decarbonize, even amid the Covid-19 global pandemic.
To this end, the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting will be held with livestreaming on October 14.