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Not in my backyard: CCS sites and public perception of CCS

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Carola Braun

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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a technology that counteracts climate change by capturing atmospheric emissions of CO2 from human activities, storing them in geological formations underground. However, CCS also involves major risks and side effects, and faces strong public opposition. The whereabouts of 408 potential CCS sites in Germany were released in 2011. Using detailed survey data on the public perception of CCS, this study quantifies how living close to a potential storage site affects the acceptance of CCS. It also analyzes the influence of other regional characteristics on the acceptance of CCS. The study finds that respondents who live close to a potential CCS site have significantly lower acceptance rates than those who do not. Living in a coal-mining region also markedly decreases acceptance.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2264-2275
JournalRisk Analysis
Volume37
Issue number12
Early online date23 Mar 2017
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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