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Public responses to CO2 storage sites: Lessons from five European cases

: Oltra, Christian; Upham, Paul; Riesch, Hauke; Boso, Alex; Brunsting, Suzanne; Dütschke, Elisabeth; Lis, Aleksandra


Energy and Environment 23 (2012), Nr.2-3, S.227-248
ISSN: 0958-305X
ISSN: 2048-4070 (Online)
Fraunhofer ISI ()

Studies of the factors involved in public perceptions of CO2 storage projects reveal a level of complexity and diversity that arguably confounds a comprehensive theoretical account. To some extent, a conceptual approach that simply organises the relevant social scientific knowledge thematically, rather than seeking an integrated explanation, is as useful as any single account that fails to do justice to the contingencies involved. This paper reviews and assembles such knowledge in terms of six themes and applies these themes to five European cases of carbon capture and storage (CCS) implementation. We identify the main factors involved in community responses to CCS as relating to: the characteristics of the project; the engagement process; risk perceptions; the actions of the stakeholders; the characteristics of the community, and the socio-political context.