Bridging the Gap between Technology and Culture: Is CCS Going to Be Part of Our Future?
12 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 7, 2021
The slow development of CCS – Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage towards implementation can be seen from multiple perspectives, technological, economical, industrial, communication etc. With this contribution we have explored psychosocial aspects to get insights on how the relationships among stakeholders could improve, to overcome the conflicts that presently make it difficult to find wide societal support for the technology. Building on the outcomes of two studies, one for disseminating CCS to schoolchildren and a multi-stakeholder dialogue performed in ten European countries to develop a common vision for a low carbon society, we highlight the potential value of social environments that facilitate the need for Achievement and thus encourage mutual learning about energy technologies, including CCS, and constructive attitudes for the solution of environmental problems. We also illustrate how these experiences could change the way we look at apparently unsolvable issues and open new pathways for the energy transition and CCS future, through inclusive social processes which take into account the different perspectives to address issues such as competition of CCS with renewables or the bias in CCS evaluation, due to its association with fossil fuels.
Keywords: CCS; Achievement Motive; Stakeholder Dialogue; Energy Transition; Just Transition; Responsible Research and Innovation; CO2 Storage
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