Assessing public perceptions of CCS: Benefits, challenges and methods

Roberts, Thomas and Mander, Sarah (2011) Assessing public perceptions of CCS: Benefits, challenges and methods. Energy Procedia, 4 . pp. 6307-6314. ISSN 1876-6102. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In recent years debates about public involvement in the decision making process regarding science and technology have been the focus of much debate. This paper uses the deployment of carbon capture and storage technology as a case study to explore both the theoretical and practical reasons why the public need to be consulted on such issues. It concludes that a social contract approach is far more effective than the traditional technocratic approaches as it ensues the lay public are fully informed and understands the rational behind the decisions. Furthermore, if deliberative approaches are employed it provides people with the opportunity to enter in to debate with experts, decide whether they are trustworthy and take ownership of the decisions. As this paper demonstrates when the issues are highly complex and controversial, as they are with CCS, such approaches offer an effective way of communicating information and can significantly reduce opposition aiding implementation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Carban capture; Public perceptions; Methodology; Governace
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Depositing User: Thomas Roberts
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 12:25
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2012 12:48
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