Reflections on a process for developing public trust in energy technologies: Follow-up results of the Australian large group process

Ashworth, Peta, Paxton, Gillian and Carr-Cornish, Simone (2011). Reflections on a process for developing public trust in energy technologies: Follow-up results of the Australian large group process. In: 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Amsterdam, (6322-6329). September 19, 2010-September 23, 2010. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.648


Author Ashworth, Peta
Paxton, Gillian
Carr-Cornish, Simone
Title of paper Reflections on a process for developing public trust in energy technologies: Follow-up results of the Australian large group process
Conference name 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies
Conference location Amsterdam
Conference dates September 19, 2010-September 23, 2010
Proceedings title 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name 10Th International Conference On Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies   Check publisher's open access policy
Series Energy Procedia
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.648
ISSN 1876-6102
Volume 4
Start page 6322
End page 6329
Total pages 8
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper presents the results of an evaluation of the longer term impact of a series of workshops conducted in four Australian cities which sought to engage representatives of the Australian public in discussions about climate change and low emission energy options. These workshops were designed to explore the public's awareness and acceptance of the various low emissions energy technologies, including carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), and to assess whether a large group workshop format was an effective means of affecting change in awareness and acceptance of the various energy technologies. Initial results of these workshops, presented at the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT) in 2008, found that the workshop was indeed effective. Results from an online survey conducted in October 2009 with 95 participants of the original workshops indicate that over the longer term awareness remains at a higher level than prior to workshop attendance, while changes in participants' attitudes were not sustained over time. However, the results of 22 follow-up in-depth interviews conducted in November and December 2009 found that many workshop participants reported a change in their awareness of and preference for the energy technologies, and that they pro-actively spoke with others and sought further information regarding the technologies and their place in a low carbon economy. While wind and solar energy were clearly favored, carbon mitigation was generally recognized as a complex issue requiring a portfolio of energy solutions. Building trust in the range of energy solutions, including carbon capture and storage, will require ongoing engagement and dialogue with members of the public.
Subjects 2100 Energy
Keyword Attitudes
Awareness
Carbon dioxide capture and storage
Engagement
Perceptions
Trust
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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