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Public acceptance of carbon dioxide capture and storage in a proposed demonstration area

Ashworth, P., Pisarski, Anne, & Thambimuthu, K. (2009) Public acceptance of carbon dioxide capture and storage in a proposed demonstration area. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part A Journal of Power and Energy, 223(3), pp. 299-304.

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Abstract

With the rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, low-emission technologies with carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) provide one option for transforming the global energy infrastructure into a more environmentally, climate sustainable system. However, like many technology innovations, there is a social risk to the acceptance of CCS. This article presents the findings of an engagement process using facilitated workshops conducted in two communities in rural Queensland, Australia, where a demonstration project for IGCC with CCS has been announced. The findings demonstrate that workshop participants were concerned about climate change and wanted leadership from government and industry to address the issue. After the workshops, participants reported increased knowledge and more positive attitudes towards CCS, expressing support for the demonstration project to continue in their local area. The process developed is one that could be utilized around the world to successfully engage communities on the low carbon emission technology options.

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ID Code: 26952
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Public Perception, Climate Change, Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, Action Research, Community Engagement
DOI: 10.1243/09576509JPE622
ISSN: 0957-6509
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Education and Extension (050203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Professional Engineering Publishing
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2009 13:50
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:55

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