Prospects for Swedish acceptance of carbon dioxide storage in the Baltic Sea: Learning from other energy projects

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2016
Date published: 04/2016
Authors: Peter Stigson, Simon Haikola, Anders Hansson, Katarina Buhr
Journal title: Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Pages: 188 - 196

As initiatives are taken in Sweden to evaluate the geological potential for carbon dioxide storage in the adjacent Baltic Sea, experiences from elsewhere may provide lessons about perceptions of and potential opposition toward carbon capture and storage (CCS). A comprehensive analysis of storage feasibility needs to include the issue of social acceptance. The knowledge of CCS is low in Sweden however and there are no Swedish CCS projects to learn from. This paper therefore draws on lessons from other large-scale energy projects that are embedded in similar Baltic Sea contexts to complement lessons on CCS acceptance provided in the literature. The aim of this study is to facilitate an understanding of acceptance of potential future CO2 storage initiatives in the Swedish Baltic Sea region and to analyze what contextual factors are likely to be determinative of the outcome of these and similar projects. The study identifies climate change as one such key contextual factor, which can often be used both to support and oppose a large-scale energy project. Furthermore, the study finds that there are perceptions of uncertainties regarding the regulatory framework that need to be adressed in order to facilitate the planning of CCS projects in the region.

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This article has been tagged as "blue carbon"; having only read the abstract, I do not see the connection to blue carbon - which refers to the GHGs captured and stored by coastal and marine ecosystems, and not to energy production. Perhaps blue carbon is mentioned in the full report, or perhaps it is labeled incorrectly, in which case may cause confusion of the term.


Hi Stefanie,

Currently, there are over 50 different literature-type tags that we use. To keep things tidy and simpler for our readers, we try to use existing terms as much as possible before adding a new term. While this paper certainly isn't a textbook definition of 'blue carbon' by any means, that tag best reflected the purpose of this paper within our existing framework. That said, it's high-time we updated the term to reflect its growing usage. Thanks for brining this to our attention!


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