After the Fukushima nuclear disaster Mr Kan re-evaluated his support of nuclear power, introducing dramatic measures to phase out Japan’s reliance on nuclear and fossil fuels and implementing one of the most ambitious renewable energy transitions in the world.
In 2011 the Kan government introduced a nuclear-free policy and increased Japan’s renewable energy target to 20% of its generating mix by 2020. This increase, up from the previous target of just 1%, was facilitated by the introduction of a comprehensive feed-in-tariff (FIT) system, obliging utilities to buy energy produced from renewable sources. By 2012 Japan had the fastest level of growth in solar power energy generation in the world and today its fleet of nuclear power plants remain offline.
Mr Kan will be sharing his reflections on Fukushima, global energy security, the need to embrace renewable energy and Australia’s role in the continuing Fukushima Crisis.
About the speaker
Mr Naoto Kan is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and has been an elected member of the Japanese Diet (Parliament) since 1980. Mr Kan was President of the DPJ from 1998-2002 and held Trade, Finance, Health and Energy Ministries and the Prime Ministership from June 2010 to August 2011. Since 2012 Kan has been a member of the UN panel on the post-2015 development agenda.
Mr Naoto Kan’s visit is sponsored by the Australian Conservation Foundation.
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