Assessing socio-technical mindsets: public deliberations on carbon capture and storage in the context of energy sources and climate change

Einsiedel, Edna F., Boyd, Amanda D., Medlock, Jennifer and Ashworth, Peta (2013) Assessing socio-technical mindsets: public deliberations on carbon capture and storage in the context of energy sources and climate change. Energy Policy, 53 149-158. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2012.10.042


Author Einsiedel, Edna F.
Boyd, Amanda D.
Medlock, Jennifer
Ashworth, Peta
Title Assessing socio-technical mindsets: public deliberations on carbon capture and storage in the context of energy sources and climate change
Journal name Energy Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4215
1873-6777
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.10.042
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Start page 149
End page 158
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract The adaptation and transition to new configurations of energy systems brought on by challenges of climate change, energy security, and sustainability have encouraged more integrative approaches that bring together the social and technical dimensions of technology. The perspectives of energy systems and climate change play an important role in the development and implementation of emerging energy technologies and attendant policies on greenhouse gas reduction. This research examines citizens' views on climate change and a number of energy systems, with a specific focus on the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a technology to address greenhouse gas emissions. An all-day workshop with 82 local participants was held in the city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada to explore the views of climate change, energy and CCS. Participants were provided the opportunity to ask experts questions and discuss in small groups their views of climate change policy and energy systems. Results demonstrate that participants' assessments of energy systems are influenced by social-political-institutional-economic contexts such as trust in industry and government, perception of parties benefiting from the technology, and tradeoffs between energy systems. We discuss our findings in the context of understanding social learning processes as part of socio-technical systems change.
Keyword Carbon capture and storage
Climate change
Public deliberation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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