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Public perceptions of low carbon energy technologies: results from a Scottish large group process
Public perceptions of low carbon energy technologies: results from a Scottish large group process

1st April 2012

Organisation(s): Global CCS Institute, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), University of Edinburgh

Topic(s): Carbon capture, Public engagement, Renewables, Use and storage (CCUS)

This report describes the outcomes of a large group process workshop held in Edinburgh, Scotland on 24 September 2011. The one-day workshop was designed to investigate Scottish citizens’ perspectives on climate change and low-carbon energy technologies, with a particular focus on carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS). The report presents the large group process methodology and the results, both from questionnaire answers and discussions during the workshop. The key findings of the report reflect a mixed range of public opinions with regard to climate change, low-carbon energy and CCS.

The study, commissioned on behalf of the Global CCS Institute by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, replicates a number of large group process workshops held in Australia by CSIRO.

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Carbon capture and storage regulatory test toolkit
Carbon capture and storage regulatory test toolkit

11th February 2011

Organisation(s): Global CCS Institute, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), Scottish Government

Topic(s): Carbon capture, Domestic policy, Law and regulation, Policy, Use and storage (CCUS)

Large point sources of carbon dioxide are responsible for a significant proportion of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – with fossil fuel power stations and other large-scale industrial activities responsible for around half of the total. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is expected to make a major contribution to reducing these emissions.

Few CCS projects currently exist in the world – and a lack of experience in regulatory agencies and commercial entities of how regulatory systems would apply to such projects increases risk – potentially leading to delays and increased costs for emerging CCS projects.

This toolkit has been produced by Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) researchers on behalf of the Scottish Government and sponsored by the Global CCS Institute. It guides users through a regulatory test exercise, which provides a low-cost, low-risk approach to testing regional and national legislation and regulatory systems for CCS projects, and gaining the benefits in follow-up activities.

The toolkit recommends use of a real or simulated CCS project as part of this exercise to assist government agencies and other stakeholders to work together to test and improve understanding of regulatory systems. It explains how a simulated or real CCS project can be taken through the regulatory process from inception to decommissioning – a test of the regulatory process at much lower cost, time and risk than would be incurred under a real project application.

Implementing this toolkit will assist users to:

  • improve understanding of their local regulatory process
    • the permits and consents necessary for a CCS project
    • the information required
    • the likely timescales for planning and approval
    • the organisations that need to be involved
  • identify gaps, contradictions, and potential revisions to regulatory systems
  • ensure a viable regulatory process is in place for potential CCS projects
  • help to speed up the management of projects to meet demanding timescales for funding; and
  • raise awareness amongst the key stakeholders of their role in the regulatory process

The test exercise seeks to be realistic and to maximise learning opportunities, by involving the actual organisations and people that would be involved in effective handling of a CCS project. The exercise should be led by a government body with the intensive involvement of relevant regulatory agencies. Other stakeholders to involve will include commercial organisations, NGOs, and advisory bodies in the context of regional, national, or cross-jurisdictional project planning.

By working together towards a common vision, and ensuring strong participation and input by key stakeholders, this toolkit will assist users to run a successful regulatory test exercise, identify follow-up actions, and gain the benefits sought.

This exercise will inform government policy and developing CCS regulatory frameworks. Additionally, it should reduce the regulatory risk to CCS project developers – accelerating the consenting process and reducing the burden to all participants involved in that process – as well as ensuring an appropriate balance with other policy objectives.

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Towards a public communication and engagement strategy for carbon dioxide capture and storage projects in Scotland: a review of research findings, CCS project experiences, tools, resources and best practices
Towards a public communication and engagement strategy for carbon dioxide capture and storage projects in Scotland: a review of research findings, CCS project experiences, tools, resources and best practices

6th December 2010

Organisation(s): Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS)

Topic(s): Carbon capture, Communication, Public engagement, Use and storage (CCUS)

The purpose of this Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage report is to stimulate the design of effective engagement strategies between the public and proponents of CCS projects in Scotland. Engagement is the process of having an informed, two-way discussion as to whether a CCS project is appropriate in a particular locality and context. Successful engagement is not a guarantee that every project will go ahead. Projects may be rejected by publics even if they are technically viable, and establishing if this is the case early on would greatly speed the search for a suitable site. However if the reasons for a CCS project are sound, the plans carefully laid, and social conditions favourable, a good engagement strategy should greatly increase the chances of acceptance.

This report was authored by Jim Hammond and Simon Shackley. The work was funded under the Scottish Carbon Capture, Transport and Storage Development Study

 

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