From Fukushima to Hinkley: Conference dismantling the nuclear argument for a sustainable energy future

From Fukishima to Hinkley
From Fukishima to Hinkley

This conference was held in London on 5th March 2015. The event was hosted by Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and three other Green MEPs: Rebecca Harms, Claude Turmes and Michel Reimon.

The conference brought together experts from all over the world to discuss the impacts of Fukushima and nuclear power on Europe in light of the recent decision of the European Commission to allow the UK government to heavily subsidise a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point C.

Listed below is brief information about the main speakers at the conference and links to presentations in pdf format where relevant. If you would like a Power Point version of any of the presentations please contact us.

Keynote speaker: Tetsunari Iida, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, Japan

Tetsunari Iida (2)Dr. Tetsunari Iida is the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP), a non-profit and independent research institute based in Tokyo, Japan, focusing on sustainable energy policies. In 2011 he launched the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation which brings together some 100 experts from around the world to analyse obstacles to implementing renewable energy, and offer policy recommendations to the new Japanese government. In the last five years, he has been one of the top opinion leaders in Japan promoting a “new generation of energy policies” and is appointed as the Governmental committee member for “Energy Policy” and “Renewable Energy Policy”.

Presentation by Tetsunari Iida – focusing on the legacy of Fukushima for Japan and the rest of the world.

Rudi Anschober

Molly makes important announcement to media
Molly Scott Cato MEP announces to the media that Greens are to refer back decision on Hinkley to EU Commission

Rudi Anschober is an Upper Austrian politician for the Green Party and, since 2003, State Councillor of Upper Austria for Environment, Water and Consumer Protection. Since he won the mandate for the State Council he has been opposing nuclear power and advocating alternative energies at regional and national level. He launches projects and initiatives, supports associations, public interest groups and citizens both at home and abroad in their work against nuclear power and for renewables. He contributes to information and awareness-raising among citizens concerning the dangers and current economic inefficiency of nuclear power.

Presentation by Rudi Anschober – focusing on the Austrian legal case against Hinkley and the real cost of nuclear power.

Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke is one of the founders of The Resilience Centre in Gloucestershire and an experienced Environmental, Energy and Strategy Consultant. He is a technical environmental, business and land management consultant combining knowledge of environmental systems science with commercial expertise. He has broad ranging experience, and practical knowledge of climate change adaptation and sustainable resource management including renewable energy, agroforestry and eco building. Andrew is writing a report on how the South West can meet 100%+ of its energy needs from renewables and how nuclear can undermine investment in renewables.

Presentation by Andrew Clarke – focusing on the huge potential for renewable energy in the South West.

Paul Dorfman

Stephen ThomasPaul Dorfman is Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Energy Institute, University College London (UCL) and is also, among other positions, Executive Board member of the International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group (INRAG); Advisory Group Member of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) nuclear Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP); Member of the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) Transparency and Risk Working Groups and Member of the Nuclear Transparency Watch (NTW). Paul served as Secretary to the UK government scientific advisory Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters (CERRIE) and led the European Environment Agency (EEA) response to Fukushima.

Presentation by Paul Dorfman – focuses on the damaging implications of the funding deal for Hinkley and the legal challenge by Austria.

Antony Froggatt

Michel Reimon, Austrian MEP, talks to the conference
Michel Reimon, Austrian MEP, talks to the conference

Antony is currently an independent consultant on international energy issues, a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House and an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University. At Chatham House he has specialised on global energy security and European electricity policy. He has worked as a consultant for 15 years with environmental groups, academics and public bodies in Europe and Asia. Since 1992 he has been the co-author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, a now annual independent review of the nuclear sector.

Presentation by Anthony Froggatt – focuses on the global status of nuclear power, the importance of the UK to the global sector and nuclear vs renewable energy

Stephen Thomas                                                               

Stephen Thomas is Professor of Energy Policy in the Business School of the University of Greenwich, London, where he has led the energy research since 2001. He has published extensively on reforms to electricity industries worldwide and on the corporate policies of energy companies. He was also a member of the team appointed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to carry out the official economic due diligence study for the project to replace the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (1997). He has published extensively on economics and policy on nuclear power.

presentation by SteveThomas – focuses on the cost of failure of the UK’s nuclear power programme and a look at what we were promised and what we will get with Hinkley.

Kathrin Glastra

Kathrin GlastraKathrin Glastra is Deputy Director Climate & Energy and Liaison for Energy Transition Western Europe at the Heinrich Böll Foundation European Union. Among other things, she is responsible for the network EnergyTransition@EU and focusses in her work on challenges and opportunities of Energy Transitions in Europe. She has contributed to activities on energy transition challenges and opportunities in Berlin, Warsaw and Prague. See: for details about Germany’s transition from from nuclear and fossil energy to renewables and efficiency.

Andreas Kraemer

R. Andreas Kraemer is Founder & Director Emeritus of Ecologic Institute in Berlin, Germany, since 1995, and Founding Chairman of Ecologic Institute US in Washington DC since 2008. He has been researcher, teacher, and policy advisor on environment and resources, climate and energy, international relations and global affairs for over 30 years.

Theo Simon

Theo SimonTheo Simon has played a leading role in local resistance to plans for the Hinkley C new nuclear power station in Somerset. For 2 years he was a press spokesperson for the Stop Hinkley campaign, appearing on national and local media, and he was arrested for joining an occupation of the proposed site in 2011. He is still under a High Court Injunction from EDF, and is currently the Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome.