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The Dutch general public's opinion on CCS and energy transition in 2011: Development in awareness, knowledge, beliefs and opinions related to information and media coverage
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ECN Policy Studies 17-4-2012
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--12-015 ECN publication
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This report describes the results of two studies on public perceptions of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) in the Netherlands. These studies are based on the idea that to understand public concerns and predict their future opinion it is necessary to know how people arrive at their evaluations about CCS. Earlier research in CATO showed that the general public has little knowledge on CCS and therefore also use different information when forming an opinion on CCS than what is expected by CCS experts. In the reported study we investigated this by (1) examining people’s current knowledge and beliefs about CCS by administrating a survey to a representative sample of the Dutch population and (2) by analyzing exposure and perceptions on CCS in the media. The survey was an extended version of the Knowledge and Beliefs Test administered in 2010 to a sample of the general Dutch population. The aim of this report is (1) to enhance insight into currently held beliefs and awareness among the general public about CCS and CO2 and measure how these develop over time; and (2) to investigate the impact of media use and exposure to news about CCS.

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