Expert opinions on carbon dioxide capture and storage: A framing of uncertainties and possibilities
2009 (English)In: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, Vol. 37, no 6, 2273-2282 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There are many uncertainties and knowledge gaps regarding the development of carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS)—e.g., when it comes to costs, life-cycle effects, storage capacity and permanence. In spite of these uncertainties and barriers, the CCS research community is generally very optimistic regarding CCS’ development. The discrepancy between the uncertainties and the optimism is the point of departure in this study, which is based on interviews with 24 CCS experts. The aim is to analyse experts’ framings of CCS with focus on two key aspects: (i) the function and potential of CCS and (ii) uncertainties. The optimism among the CCS experts is tentatively explained. The interpretative flexibility of CCS is claimed to be an essential explanation for the optimism. CCS is promoted from a wide variety of perspectives, e.g., solidarity and peace, bridge to a sustainable energy system, sustaining the modern lifestyle and compatibility with the fossil fuel lock-in. Awareness of the uncertainties and potential over-optimism is warranted within policy and decision making as they often rely on scientific forecasts and experts’ judgements.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 37, no 6, 2273-2282 p.
Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS); Expert opinions; Uncertainty
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21363DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.02.018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21363DiVA: diva2:241129