Risk from CO2 storage in saline aquifers: A comparison of lay and expert perceptions of risk

TitleRisk from CO2 storage in saline aquifers: A comparison of lay and expert perceptions of risk
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMander, S, Polson, D, Roberts, T, Curtis, A
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume4
Start Page6360
Pagination6360-6367
ISBN Number18766102
KeywordsCarban capture, public perceptions, Risk assessment
Abstract

Public perceptions of CCS are seen as crucial in terms of the deployment. Recent opposition to CO2 storage projects, such as Vattenfall's Schwarze Pump project in northern Germany, demonstrates that addressing public concerns is a crucial factor in securing support for a CO2 scheme. Risk communication will be affected by multiple issues such as the language used, trust in the communicating actors and the opportunities for dialogue. The literature on siting of facilities also cautions that in many cases there in a mismatch between experts and lay perceptions of risk. This paper compares expert and lay perceptions of the risks associated with CCS in two case study areas and is based on the work undertaken in the CASSEM project, which is developing tools for the evaluation of CO2 storage potential in saline aquifer. © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Short Title10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies