The introduction of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will influence the development of modern energy systems. Technological, economical and legal challenges will arise. Another essential aspect for integrated evaluation of CCS is public acceptance: CCS as a climate change mitigation option, which will extend the use of fossil fuels, and its possible role as a bridge to energy systems based on renewable energies, will probably only be feasible with broad public acceptance.
The project covers social and acceptability issues and analyses the potentials of public risk-perception as well as the perception of CCS. The study provides a basis for in-depth discussion with players and decision-makers. Hence one important task is the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders, integrating representatives of industry, scientists, policy makers and NGOs, into the discussion process.