Exploring the orientations which characterise the likely public acceptance of low emission energy technologies

Carr-Cornish, Simone, Ashworth, Peta, Gardner, John and Fraser, Stephen J. (2011) Exploring the orientations which characterise the likely public acceptance of low emission energy technologies. Climatic Change, 107 3: 549-565. doi:10.1007/s10584-010-9964-9


Author Carr-Cornish, Simone
Ashworth, Peta
Gardner, John
Fraser, Stephen J.
Title Exploring the orientations which characterise the likely public acceptance of low emission energy technologies
Journal name Climatic Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0009
1573-1480
Publication date 2011-08
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10584-010-9964-9
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 107
Issue 3
Start page 549
End page 565
Total pages 17
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Abstract There is a large body of research and development into the low emission energy technologies that has the potential to assist developed and developing countries transition to more sustainable energy systems. It has long been recognised that public perceptions can have a fundamental effect on the market for technology and this issue raises questions about the role society will play in developing a low emissions energy future. Understanding how the public will respond to the range of low emission energy technologies as part of a climate change mitigation package is therefore critical for researchers, policy makers and industry stakeholders. In the current research, we investigated the Australian public's likely acceptance of a range of low emission energy technologies by assessing the diverse 'orientations' that have emerged in response to low emission energy technologies. In a survey of two Australian states we measured the support for, and knowledge of, a range of low emission energy technologies. Using self-organising maps, a relatively new approach for segmenting response profiles, we identified that at least four distinct 'orientations' have emerged toward the issue and are characterising the likely acceptance of these technologies: 'Disengaged', 'Nuclear Oriented', 'Renewables Oriented', and 'Engaged'. The implications of these multiple public viewpoints are described for climate change mitigation policy and for future research into the social acceptance of alternative energy technologies.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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