The goal is to realize a society where everyone can enjoy clean and sustainable energy.
At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 4 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of Energy and Environment.
In terms of energy supply, we should strive to achieve the three "E"s (energy security, economic efficiency, environment) and one "S" (safety) (= 3E + S). Japan currently faces various energy supply problems such as low energy self-sufficiency rate, dependence on oil and gas imports from the Middle East, and increased greenhouse gas emissions.
Innovation in energy efficiency
The target for CO2 emissions reduction for business and household sectors for 2030 is 40% reduction compared to 2013 levels. This target reduction is larger than for the industrial and transport sectors. To achieve this target, it is necessary to create reduction measures that are cost-effective while maximizing efficiency and preserving levels of comfort.
Innovation for heat energy efficiency
Thermal/Heat utilization technology is gradually becoming adopted by large-scale business establishments, but among the small business and household sectors, thermal energy is not effectively utilized.
Innovation in material life cycles
There needs to be more progress beyond just using recyclable metals (from urban mines) and rare metals for products such as next-generation automobiles and ICT-related equipment. In addition, there is a need to find economical and sustainable ways of developing forest resources and utilizing biomass resources.
Japan Carpet tiles Reset Association (JCRA)
While carpet tiles are usually replaced and disposed of after only a few years in Japan, JCRA invented a new washing process that extends the life-span of carpet tiles, resulting in the reduction of replacement costs and waste. Its simplified process enables people with intellectual disabilities to participate in the task.
The applicants developed the idea based on their unique knowledge and expertise gained through years in the cleaning business. The idea is also unique in that it may contribute to an increase in job opportunities for the intellectually handicapped.
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About mentoring by MRI scientists with expert knowledge in the various fields, cash award and supplementary awards.
About the competition procedure and criteria for participation.
About the schedule from the period between the application deadline and the final screening.
The following themes will also be considered for this program:
Business proposals may also be submitted for multifaceted social issues that involve several focus areas.
Note: business proposals focusing only on infrastructure technologies (e.g. AI and blockchains) will not be accepted.