What a waste! Assessing public perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation technology

Christopher R. Jones, Rebecca L. Radford, Katy Armstrong, Peter Styring

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Abstract

Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU) technologies hold promise by helping to limit atmospheric releases of CO2 while simultaneously generating saleable products; however, to date there has been very little systematic research into public perceptions of the technology.

This short communication reports briefly upon the results of a small pilot study designed to (a) test a methodology for investigating public perceptions of CDU; and (b) elucidate new understanding of people's attitudes towards the technology.

The results indicate that while people believe that CDU will have economic benefits (e.g., creating employment opportunities and saleable products) there is scepticism over the perceived long-term environmental benefits of the technology (e.g., in mitigating climate change).

The findings of this research have important implications for the framing of communications about CDU technology within the public sphere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of CO2 Utilization
Volume7
Early online date14 Jun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • public perception
  • attitudes
  • Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU)
  • UKRI
  • EPSRC
  • EP/H035702/1
  • EP/K007947/1

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