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Deliberating emission reduction options: identifying public perceptions to CCS using the Information Choice Questionnaire methodology

1st June 2012

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

The aim of this research was to develop an online decision guide to aid public awareness, knowledge, deliberation and choice around CCS compared with other greenhouse gas mitigation options. The research was an international collaboration between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).

The Australian results were similar to those found in the recent Dutch studies. Both countries show a preference for energy efficiency options and renewables, and oppose nuclear energy. Although the consequences of the different options for the Netherlands and Australia were quite different, the overall grades were similar in relative terms. The efficiency options, renewable sources and CCS score sufficient, while nuclear, coal to gas and the international trading scheme score insufficiently. From these results, a number of recommendations are derived for those attempting to improve understanding and perceptions around CCS and other low emissions technologies.

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Deliberating emission reduction options: identifying public perceptions to CCS using the Information Choice Questionnaire methodology

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