Vincent de Rivaz

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Vincent de Rivaz is the French boss of EDF Energy, the UK's biggest power generator.

Playing down Fukushima

In July 2011, four months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, de Rivaz made a speech to the Energy Industries Club in which he asked "what impact has Fukushima had? Has it fundamentally altered the process?" He continued: "The answer is no."

He said that the "new nuclear programme in the UK should not be subject to unnecessary delay". He thanked the Energy Minister Charles Hendry, who was also at the meeting. He said: "Charles is held in high regard throughout the industry. I would like to thank him and his colleagues across Government for the leadership they have demonstrated in recent months".[1]

Nuclear Industry Council

De Rivaz attended the second high-level Nuclear Industry Council meeting with energy ministers Ed Davey and Michael Fallon in July 2013


  • Prince Charles appointed de Rivaz as his Business Ambassador in 2009
  • Chris Huhne, former Energy Minister until 2012 is reportedly a friend

Resources and Notes


  • Vincent de Rivaz Statement at Nuclear Development Forum 15th May 2012