Public perceptions and preferences regarding large scale implementation of six CO2 capture and storage technologies

In the past four years, the Centre for Energy and Environmental Studies of Leiden University, in close cooperation with NWS of Utrecht University, has engaged in a research project that focussed on studying informed opinions of the general public regarding Carbondioxide Capture and Storage options (CCS options). This study has investigated the choices the general public would make after having received and evaluated expert information on the consequences pertaining to these choices. The method used to collect these informed preferences is called the Information-Choice Questionnaire (ICQ). By comparing informed public preferences, obtained through administration of the ICQ, with current public opinions and preferences regarding CCS options, collected in a more conventional survey, the outcomes of this project can indicate what options would be considered acceptable given sufficient knowledge, and how much and in what respect the current situation deviates from this possible future situation.