Energy  |  Events  |  08.03.2012

One Year After Fukushima – Lessons Learned in Japan and Europe

The 11th of March 2011 marks the beginning of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima that has led the German government to phase out nuclear power by 2022. One year after the disaster, the Brussels office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation organises a lunch debate to discuss the consequences of the Fukushima disaster for Japan’s energy policy, as well the EU's Energy Roadmap 2050 and whether it factors in the lessons learnt from Fukushima.

EVENT: Lunch debate
DATE: 8 March 2012, 12.00 - 14.00
PLACE: Sofitel Brussels Europe - Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels

Since Fukushima, scepticism against nuclear energy has even increased in France, a country that relies heavily on nuclear power for its energy supply. Poland, on the other hand, upholds its plans to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. The European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050 explores routes towards a decarbonised energy system in Europe. The Energy Roadmap considers nuclear energy a key source of low carbon electricity generation. While recognising the need to increase the share of renewable energy and energy savings, the Roadmap underestimates the potential of renewables and energy efficiency.

What are the consequences of the Fukushima disaster for Japan’s energy policy? Can a country such as Japan or Germany run predominantly on renewable energy? What lessons of the Fukushima disaster does the EU Energy Roadmap factor in? Can Europe make the transition to a low-carbon future without nuclear energy? And what are the prospects of a nuclear phase out in Europe? These are all questions to be addressed during the lunch debate.


  • Kenichi Hasegawa, Leader of Maeda District, Iitate Village, Fukushima Prefecture
  • Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat Executive Committee member
  • Heinrich Hick, Member of Cabinet,  EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger
  • Steve Thomas, Professor of Energy Studies from the University of Greenwich
  • Moderator: Rebecca Harms, Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament


To register, please contact Silvia Brugger (Coordinator of the Climate and Energy Policy Programme - Heinrich Boell Foundation) at bruggerboelleu