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ECN publication
Effective communication strategies to engage the public and stakeholders around CCS projects: a review of country experiences
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 1-12-2010
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-O--10-039 Other
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In mid 2009, the project ‘International comparison of public outreach practices associated with large scale CCS projects’ was conceptualised, with the objective of providing practical guidance for CCS project developers on the topic of public engagement and risk communication. The project is sponsored in full by the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI), Canberra, Australia, with research being conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from Australia, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of Illinois and AJW Inc. from the United States. As an integral part of this project, on the 10th of November in Brussels, a European workshop was organised by ECN entitled ‘Effective communication strategies to engage the public and stakeholders around CCS projects: a review of country experiences’. The aim of the workshop was to assemble researchers and CCS project developers, and allow them to share experiences and discuss newly gained knowledge generated during the project. In particular, the primary objective of the workshop was to gather feedback on a recently completed ‘toolkit’, a compilation of communication techniques for possible implementation in public outreach efforts around CCS projects. The workshop was attended by 27 participants, including 4 project team members. 50% of the delegates represented industry or industrial branch organisations, and other delegates were affiliated with various European government bodies, academia and non-governmental organisations. During the workshop, the participants were asked to divide into smaller focus groups ‘breakout groups’ and provide comments on the toolkit. This report summarises the introductory presentations given, and presents the key conclusions of the breakout and plenary sessions.

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