Nuclear Consulting Group

The website aims to provide clear and independent information and analysis of the range of nuclear new build issues, and ask questions that need to be answered, including: how will significant ‘what if’ issues — such as nuclear fuel supply and manufacture, vulnerability to attack, accident and incident, rad-waste, radiation risk, decommissioning, reactor siting, nuclear costs and liabilities — be taken into account? Nuclear Consulting Group (NCG) comprises leading academics and experts. It is telling that such a group speaks with one collective voice.

Publications, Press and Presentations

As the human, environmental and energy policy consequences following the Fukushima nuclear accident continues to unfold, whatever your view of the risks or benefits of nuclear fission, it's clear that the possibility of further catastrophic nuclear accident around the world is ever present. After Fukushima there's still time to learn fundamental lessons about more safe, secure, economically sound and environmentally sustainable ways to power our societies.

Hinkley C gets the go-ahead - but will it prove a dodgy nuclear deal too far?, Dr Paul Dorfman, The Ecologist, 8 October 2014

The nuclear industry today: declining, but not (yet) dying, Jonathon Porritt, The Ecologist, 25 August 2014

Nuclear power stations cause childhood leukemia - and here's the proof, Dr Ian Fairlie, The Ecologist, 23 August 2014

The saga of Hinkley Point C: Europe's key nuclear decision, Prof Steve Thomas, Mycle Schneider and Antony Patrick Froggatt, Energy Post, 21 August 2014

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014, Mycle Schnieder, Antony Froggatt, Prof Steve Thomas et al, World Nuclear Industry Status Report, 18 August 2014

UK energy dependence - five hidden costs expose truth about fracking, Jeremy Leggett, The Guardian, 18 August 2014

Nuclear industry prepares for global boom - or is that doom?, Paul Brown, The Ecologist, 2 August 2014

EDF nuclear deal is a bad economic bet, Prof Tom Burke, The Guardian, 10 July 2014

Why do Ed and Greg hate solar energy?, Jonathon Porritt, The Ecologist, 8 July 2014

China nightmare, Prof Tom Burke's blog, 3 July 2014

UK on track to miss EU Renewables target by large margin, Dr David Toke, Dave Toke's green energy blog, 23 June 2014

The coalition's attitude to renewables and Scotland is a risk to national security, Prof Peter Strachan & Prof Alex Russell, The Conversation, 10 June 2014

Guardian review of Prof Keith Barnham's book: 'The Burning Answer', 23 May 2014

'The Burning Answer: A users guide to the solar revolution', Prof Keith Barnham, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 15 May 2014

Nuclear power undermines nuclear security, Dr David Lowry, The Ecologist, 2 May 2014

Ed Davey's claim that Scottish energy bills would rise after independence is a fantasy, Prof Peter Strachen, The Conversation, 16 April 2014

Hinkley C - a nuclear subsidy too far, Dr Paul Dorfman, The Ecologist, 8 April 2014

European Commission Consultation Investigation into UK State Aid for Hinkley Point C, Dr Paul Dorfman et al, Collective Response, 4 April 2014

Why a green future needs nuclear power - or not, Jonathon Porritt, The Ecologist, 26 March 2014

Europe's new nuclear experience casts a shadow over Hinkley, Dr Peter Wynn Kirby, The Guardian, 25 March 2014

Opinion: European Commission is right to demand Ed Davey and the Coalition re-thinks on nuclear power, Andrew Warren, Liberal Democrat Voice, 23 March 2014

Remember Fukushima - No to Nuclear Power, Dr Paul Dorfman, The Energy Institute, Houses of Parliament, 10 March 2014

Nuclear Power - an International Perspective: Risk, Liability and Sods Law, Dr Paul Dorfman, Institute of Civil Engineers presentation, 27 February 2014

'Illegal UK state aid' probe hits nuclear plans, Paul Brown, The Ecologist, 14 December 2013

It can't be easy being George Monbiot, Jonathon Porritt, The Ecologist, 7 December 2013

Hinkley C to be paid more than twice as much as German solar pv arrays, Dave Toke's green energy blog, 27 October 2013

Behind the nuclear smoke and mirrors, Prof Tom Burke, The Ecologist, 26 October 2013

Selected media transfer from Dr Paul Dorfman:

New nuclear plant is explosive issue for some Brits, Marketplace, 23 October 2013

Nuclear costs blow as taxpayers will underwrite new plant with no guarantee of lower energy bills, The Mirror, 22 October 2013

An overview of the new nuclear deal, The Carbon Brief, 21 October 2013

New nuclear power station planned for the UK, BBC Newsbeat, 21 October 2013

New nuclear costs could squeeze renewables from UK energy mix, Prof Tom Burke, The Guardian, 16 October 2013

The greens are far from 'finished', Prof Andy Stirling, The Guardian, 30 July 2013

Legal Challenges to New Nuclear: Can We Trust Government?, Dr Paul Dorfman, Ecologist, 17 July 2013

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013, Mycle Schneider, Anthony Froggatt, Prof Steve Thomas, July 2013

Solar power still better than nuclear in the fight against climate change, Jeremy Leggett, The Guardian, 24 June 2013

MPs and academics call for National Audit Office to review nuclear negotiations, The Telegraph, 6 April 2013

Cross Party MPs letter to National Audit Office on nuclear negotiations, 27 March 2013

The New UK Nuclear Power Programme – a Fit For Nuclear and a Blueprint For Illegal State Aid?, Prof Steve Thomas and Dr Dörte Fouquet on behalf of Greens/EFA Group – European Parliament, March 2013

A Review of Research Relevant to Proposed New Build Nuclear Reactors in England and Wales, Dr Paul Dorfman, Briefing for Friends of the Earth England, Ireland and Wales, February 2013

Nuclear power – a flawed case: part 2: why we should say ‘no’ to nuclear now, Prof Andrew Blowers, Town & Country Planning, February 2013

Late Lessons from Chernobyl, Early Warnings from Fukushima, Dr Paul Dorfman, Nuclear Monitor, 7 February 2013

UK Energy Bill and New Nuclear, An All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group and Nuclear Consulting Group Event, House of Commons, Westminster, 29 January 2013

Viewpoint: European Environment Agency: Late Lessons from Chernobyl, Early Warnings from Fukushima, Dr Paul Dorfman, Greenpeace Energy Desk, 29 January 2013

Nuclear power – a flawed case: part 1: why we don’t need nuclear now, Prof Andrew Blowers, Town & Country Planning, January 2013

The legacy of Fukushima: Two years on, Prof Dave Elliott, OurWorld 2.0, 25 January 2013

Paul Dorfman, Aleksandra Fucic and Stephen Thomas: ‘Late lessons from Chernobyl, early warnings from Fukushima’ in: Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation; Part C: Emerging Issues, European Environment Agency, 23 January 2013

BBC1 science show 'downplayed impact' of Chernobyl: Nuclear disaster - Bang Goes the Theory was 'extremely selective' in figures used about deaths resulting from Ukraine accident, trust rules, Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 11 December 2012

Dr Paul Dorfman, NCG, BBC Editorial Appeal: Bang goes the Theory, BBC1, Sept 2012

The result of the energy bill bunfight is Lib Dems 4, Tories 0, Prof Tom Burke, The Guardian, 29 November 2012

The energy bill: what’s the real cost? Dr Paul Dorfman, The Ecologist, 21 November 2012

Fukushima: Impacts and Implications, Prof Dave Elliott, Palgrave Macmillan, published 30 October 2012

We must impose a carbon limit on new electricity generation here and now, Prof Keith Barnham, The Guardian, 23 October 2012

Government to rip up rulebook and subsidise new nuclear plants, The Independent, 22 October 2012

Letter: Who pays the nuclear power bill?, Dr Paul Dorfman, Dr David Toke, Professor Andy Stirling, Dr Nick Eyre, Professor Tom Burke, Jeremy Leggett, Professor Peter A Strachan, Andrew Warren, Professor Brian Wynne, The Independent, 21 October 2012

Will the Government Write a Blank Cheque for Nuclear Construction?, Dr Dave Toke, Huffington Post, 18 October 2012

New nuclear costs could squeeze renewables from UK energy mix, Prof Tom Burke, The Guardian, 16 October 2012

Don't Block the Sun, Jeremy Leggett, The New York Times, 14 October 2012

Should China be involved in the UK's nuclear energy infrastructure?, Dr Paul Dorfman, The Guardian, 21 September 2012

Where’s the energy to keep fighting for the planet?, Jonathon Porritt, The Independent, 15 June 2012

Britain’s energy future lies in renewables and energy saving, not nuclear power, Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth, 14 June 2012

Nuclear Europe: a dream unwinding, Prof Steve Thomas, chinadialogue, 6 June 2012

The National Politics of Nuclear Power: Economics, security, and governance, Prof Benjamin Sovacool and Prof Scott Victor Valentine, Routledge, 24 May 2012

Nuclear power is more expensive than offshore wind, Dr Dave Toke, 5 May 2012

The eye-watering expense of nuclear power, Jonathon Porritt, The Guardian, 4 May 2012

UK Energy Policy Will Fail If Government Persists With Nuclear Fantasies, Prof Tom Burke, Jonathon Porritt, Charles Secrett and Tony Juniper, 2 May 2012

The Doomsday Machine: The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World’s Most Dangerous Fuel, Dr Martin Cohen and Andrew McKillop, Palgrave Macmillan, 26 Apr 2012

Nuclear industry dreams dashed by current economic reality, Dr Martin Cohen, The Guardian, 2 April 2012

Letter on Nuclear Power to the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, from Jonathon Porritt, Prof Tom Burke, Tony Juniper and Charles Secrett, 13 March 2012

Nuclear sites, sea-level rise and tsunamis, Dr Paul Dorfman, The Guardian, 12 March 2012

Nuclear Risk Assessment post-Fukushima Dai-ichi, Dr Paul Dorfman, Energy & Environmental Management, 12 March 2012

Fukushima – it is a moral issue, Prof Andrew Blowers, Town & Country Planning, March 2012

Nucléaire nouvelle génération. Non merci!, Prof Tom Burke, ENDS Report, February 2012

Nuclear Power: UK out on a limb, Prof Dave Elliott, 29 February 2012

Renewed push for nuclear power, John Sauven, Prof Tom Burke, Dr Paul Dorfman, The Guardian, 8 February 2012

Prospects for Nuclear Power 2012, Prof Steve Thomas, Commodities Now, 30 January 2012

Fukushima: Dr Paul Dorfman interview