Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a technological option for mitigating climate change. Public risk perception plays a key role in the decision whether it should be adopted at a large scale.

In this research, a comparison was drawn between people from geographic regions with different levels of CCS deployment: the three Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. While familiarity with the technology differed greatly among these three regions, predictors of risk perception were stable and unrelated to familiarity. Results were similar for benefit perceptions, but a comparison with results from a similar Swiss study seem to suggest that benefit perceptions of CCS are likely to be influenced by the national context of deployment.

This research was conducted in collaboration with the Consumer Behavior Research Group at ETH Zürich. Click here for more information about this research.