Bridging the Gap between Technology and Culture: Is CCS Going to Be Part of Our Future?

12 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2021

See all articles by Samuela Vercelli

Samuela Vercelli

Sapienza University of Rome; Sapienza University of Rome

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

Suggested Citation

Vercelli, Samuela, Bridging the Gap between Technology and Culture: Is CCS Going to Be Part of Our Future? (April 7, 2021). Proceedings of the 15th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference 15-18 March 2021, Available at SSRN: or

Samuela Vercelli (Contact Author)

Sapienza University of Rome ( email )


Sapienza University of Rome ( email )

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics