International Symposium: Climate Change and Energy Policy in a Post-Fukushima World – What does the future hold?

Date: 23 May 2012
Registration and Networking: 4.00-4.30pm
Symposium: 4.30-6.30pm
Location: DLA Piper LLP, 1 St. Paul’s Place, Sheffield S1 2JX
Attendance by ticket only. Please see below.

The March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant exposes enduring questions about the safety and reliability of nuclear energy, the capabilities of human beings to predict and manage complex events, and the relationship between humanity and nature. The international response to the disaster has been varied; the UK position on nuclear power remains virtually unchanged, while Germany has vowed to phase out nuclear generation altogether by 2022. Japanese official policy is unlikely to phase out nuclear power entirely, but a de facto phase out appears possible.

Nuclear energy has been regarded as a failsafe method of reducing human dependence on fossil fuels and mitigating the worst impacts of climate change. What does the future hold for nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, and what impacts will there be on plans to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change?

Demand for places is likely to exceed supply, so attendance at this event is by ticket only.Applications for attendance must be made through the following online booking form: Non-attendance will be charged at £15 per ticket. Event queries:, Tel: 07946 453 258.


Dr Wakako Hironaka

Dr Wakako Hironaka is a former Member of the House of Councillors (1986-2010) and a former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Japan. Among her many roles, she has served as State Minister, Director-General of the Environment Agency (1993-94), Chair of the Committee on Fundamental National Policies, and Chair of the EU-Japan Parliamentary Group. Dr Hironaka has also been active internationally, as a Vice-Chair of Global Environmental Action, Chair of GLOBE Japan, and member of the World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development, the Earth Charter Initiative, and International Science Advisory Board of UNESCO. She currently serves as Director-General of GEA, and as a Board Member of the Energy and Resources Institute, Earth Charter Commission and PA International Foundation. She was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor Akihito in 2010.

Councillor Jillian Creasy

Councillor Jillian Creasy was elected as Sheffield’s first Green Party City Councillor in 2004 and now leads the Green Group on the council. She still works part time as a medical doctor (General Practitioner). She makes the links between social and environmental sustainability philosophically, politically and personally.

Jun Arima

Jun Arima is Director General of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in London, seconded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). From 1992 he had served in the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE). In 1996, he was sent to the OECD as Councilor (energy advisor), to the Permanent Delegation of Japan. He served in senior positions in ANRE following his return to Japan. In 2002 he was sent to Paris and spent four years there as Head of the Country Studies Division for the International Energy Agency (IEA). His activities in international climate and energy issues have seen Arima recognised internationally, most recently as Japan’s chief negotiator at the UN Climate Talks in Cancun, Mexico in 2010.

Professor Neil Hyatt

Professor Neil Hyatt holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Radioactive Waste Management at the University of Sheffield. His current research programme involves: design and process engineering for the immobilisation of radioactive wastes, the behaviour of wasteform materials in conceptual disposal environments, and remediation of contaminated land. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer reviewed articles.

Shinichi Kihara

Shinichi Kihara has been Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris since 2009. He contributed to the in-depth analysis of nuclear power in the World Energy Outlook 2011. He previously served in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), carrying out energy related work in the International Affairs Division of the Agency for Natural Resources in 2004 and Nuclear Power Safety Administration Division in 1998. He has diverse experience serving in other offices in the METI in the area of economic cooperation, trade, export control and others.

Teresa Hitchcock

Teresa Hitchcock is Senior Partner and UK head of Safety Health and Environment (SHE) within the Regulatory and Government Affairs group of international law firm DLA Piper. Before qualifying as a solicitor, she worked as a senior environmental and health and safety regulator in local government. Based in DLA Piper’s Sheffield office, Teresa subsequently built up the practice of what is now the national SHE team. Key areas of her recent practice have included regeneration projects, climate change law, the impact of Conservation Law on industrial operations, and a number of major health and safety investigations. For many years she has been a leading figure in the South Yorkshire Green Business Club and Teresa was recently appointed a Board Member for Sheffield First for Environment.

Event Chairman: Peter Matanle, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield

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