Engaging the public with low-carbon energy technologies: results from a Scottish large group process

Howell, Rhys, Shockley, Simon, Mabon, Leslie, Ashworth, Peta and Jeanneret, Talia (2014) Engaging the public with low-carbon energy technologies: results from a Scottish large group process. Energy Policy, 66 496-506. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.11.041


Author Howell, Rhys
Shockley, Simon
Mabon, Leslie
Ashworth, Peta
Jeanneret, Talia
Title Engaging the public with low-carbon energy technologies: results from a Scottish large group process
Journal name Energy Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4215
1873-6777
Publication date 2014-03
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.11.041
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 66
Start page 496
End page 506
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents the results of a large group process conducted in Edinburgh, Scotland investigating public perceptions of climate change and low-carbon energy technologies, specifically carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS). The quantitative and qualitative results reported show that the participants were broadly supportive of efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and that there is an expressed preference for renewable energy technologies to be employed to achieve this. CCS was considered in detail during the research due to its climate mitigation potential; results show that the workshop participants were cautious about its deployment. The paper discusses a number of interrelated factors which appear to influence perceptions of CCS; factors such as the perceived costs and benefits of the technology, and people's personal values and trust in others all impacted upon participants' attitudes towards the technology. The paper thus argues for the need to provide the public with broad-based, balanced and trustworthy information when discussing CCS, and to take seriously the full range of factors that influence public perceptions of low-carbon technologies.
Keyword Carbon dioxide capture and storage
Low-carbon energy
Public perceptions
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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