Burying Carbon under the Sea: An Initial Exploration of Public Opinions

TitleBurying Carbon under the Sea: An Initial Exploration of Public Opinions
Publication TypeTyndall Working Paper
SeriesTyndall Centre Working Papers
Tyndall Consortium Institution

Manchester

Secondary TitleTyndall Centre Working Paper 10
AuthorsGough, C., S. Shackley, and I. Taylor
Year of Publication2001
Abstract

Geological and ocean sequestration of carbon dioxide is a potential climate change mitigation option that is currently receiving an increasing level of attention within business, academic and policy communities. This paper presents a preliminary investigation of likely public reactions to the technologies under consideration. Using a focus group approach we consider the likely similarities between carbon storage technologies and analogous technologies that have generated strong reactions with the public. Initial results suggest that, in principle, carbon capture and storage may be seen as an acceptable approach as a bridging policy while other options are developed. However, concerns were raised regarding the safety of storage and trust in the ability of the various institutions to oversee the process in the long term. This analysis forms part of an on-going study which will continue to investigate the perceptions of a range of stakeholders. * This paper has now been published in journal Energy and Environment: Gough, C., Taylor I. and Shackley, S. (2002). Burying Carbon under the Sea: An Initial Exploration of Public Opinions, Energy and Environment, 13 (6) November / December

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