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Public perception of carbon capture and storage (CCS): A review


  • L׳Orange Seigo, Selma
  • Dohle, Simone
  • Siegrist, Michael


Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is regarded as an important bridging technology to a sustainable energy production. Whether it will be deployed on a large scale depends on both technological advances and social processes. Public perception of CCS can be crucial, and research interest in this topic has been growing. This review analyzes the public perception research thus far (42 articles were identified). Laypeople׳s concerns and spontaneous reactions to the technology have been thoroughly analyzed, and the results form a good basis for risk communication about CCS. What deserves more research is the role of the context (particularly the social context) in which CCS would be deployed. More case studies are also needed to gain a clearer picture of what matters for CCS acceptance at the project level, as opposed to societal acceptability of CCS.

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  • L׳Orange Seigo, Selma & Dohle, Simone & Siegrist, Michael, 2014. "Public perception of carbon capture and storage (CCS): A review," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 848-863.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:38:y:2014:i:c:p:848-863
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.07.017

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