Public engagement is of fundamental importance to new technologies and projects. The public’s perception can result in either the success or failure of a project - which is why it is so important to ensure that communication and engagement are carried out from the start of a project and that the public is sufficiently engaged. This ensures that the public can make an informed decision on a project and any questions or concerns can be addressed by the relevant parties.
A CCS project, although not unique in the requirement for public engagement, faces some specific communication challenges due to the complexity of working with a suite of technologies and the multi-disciplinary teams associated with them. CCS projects also face difficulties with the general lack of public understanding around issues of energy and climate change – fundamental contexts for understanding the importance of CCS.