Communication, project planning and management for carbon capture and storage projects: an international comparison

Organisation: Global CCS Institute, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Illinois State Geological Survey, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

This report is an overview summary of a series of case study reports undertaken by the CSIRO as part of an international comparison of communication and engagement practices surrounding carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) projects funded by the Global CCS Institute.

This report provides an overview of the findings that have emerged from an international study comparing public communication and outreach practices associated with large scale carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) projects. The study focused on a direct comparison between five case studies of specific CCS projects and their associated communication and outreach activities. The five case studies were:

While there are key lessons around what constitutes best practice in communications and outreach, these alone are not sufficient to ensure successful CCS project deployment. The findings suggest that a project’s ability to adjust its planning and management to its social context is more likely to ensure a positive outcome for all involved in the project. A fundamental conclusion is that communication should not be seen as an add-on to the project. Successful projects integrate communication and outreach as a critical component of the project from the beginning.