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Public concepts of CCS: Understanding of the Dutch general public and its reflection in the media
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ECN Policy Studies 16-11-2012
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ECN-W--12-050 Article (scientific)
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Published in: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (Elsevier), , November 2012, Vol.11, p.139-147.

This study aims to increase understanding of the public view on CO2 capture and storage (CCS) and energy innovations in the Netherlands. The study is based on the premise that to understand the public's concerns and to predict their future opinion, it is necessary to know how people arrive at their evaluations about CCS. The study described in this paper aimed to enhance insight into currently held beliefs and awareness among the general public about CCS and CO2 as well as to investigate the role of the media as a vehicle for knowledge transfer. To meet the first aim, we interviewed 15 lay people to identify commonly held beliefs. Next, we investigated the prevalence of these beliefs by administering a questionnaire among 401 respondents. To meet the second aim, we analyzed the 430 articles mentioning CCS in all major Dutch newspapers from mid-2009 to mid-2010 and investigated respondents’ media use and exposure to recent media events about CCS. The survey revealed several beliefs that were shared by a large group of respondents, some of which were factually incorrect. The media analysis did not yield evidence that national newspapers reinforce or create particular misperceptions such as found in the survey.

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