EnCO2re

Worldwide research efforts are directed on the global reduction of CO2. ­Carbon capture and utilization (CCU) is a novel approach to reduce CO2 emissions and the use of fossil resources. Potential CCU applications and products are plastic products, cement and fuel production, or enhanced oil recovery. The project investigates the public perception and acceptance of CDU in Germany and identifies main arguments for and against the technology. Future users´ acceptance is a decisive factor for demand and consequently success of new and innovative products.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 63299658 ("Climate-KiC").

Worldwide research efforts are directed on the global reduction of CO2. ­Carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the consecutive utilization of carbon dioxide (CDU) are novel approaches to reduce CO2 emissions and the use of fossil resources. Currently, the transformation of carbon dioxide as renewable feedstock into useful chemicals is made commercially feasible. Potential CDU applications and products are plastic products, cement and fuel production, or enhanced oil recovery.

Apart from the technical feasibility of CDU technologies, research needs to integrate the public perception of CDU technologies and products. The example of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) shows that missing public acceptance impedes regulatory approval, sufficient funding or the choice of CCS sites. Future users´ acceptance is a decisive factor for demand and consequently success of new and innovative products.

 

Aim

The study investigates the public perception and acceptance of CDU in Germany and identifies main arguments for and against the technology. 

 

Focus of the current work

In order to catch consumers’ adoption willingness and to scrutinize circumstances and trade-offs that support acceptance or at least tolerance towards CCU, an integrative empirical methodology is applied. Qualitative methods are applied uncovering hopes, seen benefits as well as human risk perceptions’ or feeling of uncertainty regarding assumed consequences. Decision-processes about a product are simulated using conjoint analyses, thereby identifying the (combination of) positive and negative attitudes that influences respondents’ choice the most. Also, text mining is used to investigate public opinion-building processes in the Internet. It is studied which aspects receive attention and how are they discussed by whom (stakeholders).

Publikationen

2017

  • Digmayer, Claas/Jakobs, Eva-Maria (2017): Sustainability or eco fraud? Perception and communication of ‘carbon capture and usage’. In: Proceedings of the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm), 23.-26.07.2017, Madison (USA). Piscataway: IEEE, 1–7. ISBN: 978-1-5090-3042-2. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/IPCC.2017.8013939

Partners

  • Chair of Communication Science, RWTH Aachen University
Sponsor
Programm Climate-Kic (Europäische Union)

Sponsored Volume:

Duration: 01.07.2016–31.12.2016

Contact: forschung@tk.rwth-aachen.de

RWTH Aachen