Project: Managing low emissions coal technology project risk: the role of public awareness

The challenge:

To increase the public awareness and support of Low Emissions Coal Technologies (LECT) in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal fired power generation.

The action:

Coal Innovation NSW funded the University of Newcastle's Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Well-being to investigate public perception of LECT and how this is formed.

Grant amount:

$618,930 (EOI Round 2009)

The project:

One of the projects funded as part of the under the Coal Innovation NSW 2010 Expressions of Interest Funding Round was the University of Newcastle's Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Well-being, which received funding to investigate the level of public engagement with Low Emissions Coal Technologies.

The final report, Managing Low Emissions Coal Technologies project risks: The role of public awareness, investigated the organisational dynamics within the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industries and the question of how and why the public forms opinion around issues relating to them.

CINSW would like to clearly state that CSG is not a low emissions coal technology. The comparative study was undertaken to further social science research in the use of innovative forms of communications and their role in public awareness. Findings from this study cannot compare CSG technologies to low emissions coal technologies and carbon capture and storage.

For further information
Coal Innovation NSW
(02) 8229 2919