Burying carbon under the sea: An initial exploration of public opinions

Clair Gough, Ian Taylor, Simon Shackley

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Geological and ocean sequestration of carbon dioxide is a potential climate change mitigation option that is currently receiving an increasing level of attention within business, academic and policy communities. This paper presents a preliminary investigation of possible public reaction to the technologies under consideration. Using a focus group approach, we consider the similarities between carbon storage technologies and analogous technologies that have generated strong reactions with the public. Initial results suggest that, in principle, carbon capture and storage may be seen as an acceptable approach as a bridging policy while other options are developed. However, concerns were raised regarding the safety of storage and trust in the ability of the various institutions to oversee the process in the long term. This analysis forms part of an on-going study which will continue to investigate the perceptions of a range of stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-900
Number of pages17
JournalEnergy and Environment
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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