Understanding how individuals perceive carbon dioxide: implications for acceptance of carbon dioxide capture and storage
1st June 2012
Almost all explanations of CCS technology make reference to carbon dioxide (CO2), with an assumption that the general public understands CO2. It has become apparent that the general public’s knowledge and understanding of CO2’s properties influences how they engage with CO2-emitting industries and CCS technologies. However, surprisingly little research has investigated public perceptions, knowledge, and understanding of CO2. This investigation attempts to fill that gap.
This report describes an investigation of how citizens of three countries — Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands — perceive CO2. Furthermore, it attempts to relate individual perceptions of CO2 to perceptions of CCS, and to determine how information provision about the underlying properties and characteristics of CO2 influences individual attitudes towards low-carbon energy options, particularly CCS.
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