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Lay perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation technologies in the United Kingdom and Germany: An exploratory qualitative interview study

Jones, Christopher, Olfe-Kräutlein, B and Kaklamanou, D (2017) Lay perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation technologies in the United Kingdom and Germany: An exploratory qualitative interview study Energy Research & Social Science, 34. pp. 283-293.

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Abstract

Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU) technologies convert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into carbon-based products. CDU technologies are viewed as a means of helping to address climate change while creating commodities that can be sold to generate financial revenue. While technical research and development into CDU options is accelerating, at present there has been little research into public acceptance of the technology. The current study presents the findings of a series of 28 exploratory interviews conducted with lay people in the United Kingdom and Germany. The results show that awareness of CDU is currently very low in both countries but that there is tentative support for the concept. This support is, however, caveated by considerations of the techno-economic feasibility of the technology and the societal consequences that might result from investment. While the thematic content of discussions was similar in both countries, where appropriate any notable differences are outlined and discussed. In addition to providing fresh insight into the emerging nature of public perceptions and acceptance of CDU, it is reasoned that the findings of this research could help to benefit the design of communication materials intended to engage lay-publics in debate about the nature and purpose of CDU technologies.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Jones, Christopherc.r.jones@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Olfe-Kräutlein, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kaklamanou, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 20 September 2017
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.erss.2017.09.011
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU); Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU); Public perception; Technology acceptance
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 20 Sep 2017 14:42
Last Modified : 20 Sep 2017 14:42
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842358

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