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CCS Acceptability: Social Site Characterization and Advancing Awareness at Prospective Storage Sites in Poland and Scotland
Brunsting, S.; Mastop, E.A.; Kaiser, M.; Zimmer, R.; Shackley, S.; Mabon, L.; Howell, R.
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ECN Policy Studies 1-9-2015
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ECN-W--15-048 Article (scientific)
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Published in: Oil & Gas Science and Technology (IFP Energies nouvelles), , 2015, Vol.70(4), p.767-784.

This paper summarizes the work on the social dimension conducted within the EU FP7 SiteChar project. The most important aim of the research was to advance public awareness and draw lessons for successful public engagement activities when developing a CO2 storage permit application. To this end, social site characterization (e.g. representative surveys) and public participation activities (focus conference) were conducted at two prospective Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) sites: an onshore site in Poland and an offshore site in Scotland. The research consisted of four steps over a time period of 1.5 year, from early 2011 to mid-2012. The first step consisted of four related qualitative and quantitative research activities to provide a social characterization of the areas: desk research, stakeholder interviews, media analyses, and a survey among representative samples of the local community.

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