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Community acceptance and social impacts of carbon capture, utilization and storage projects: a systematic meta-narrative literature review.

Nielsen, Jacob A.E.; Stavrianakis, Kostas; Morrison, Zoe



This manuscript presents a systematic meta-narrative review of peer-reviewed publications considering community acceptance and social impacts of site-specific Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) projects to inform the design and implementation of CCUS projects who seek to engage with communities during this process, as well as similar climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives. A meta-narrative approach to systematic review was utilized to understand literature from a range of site specific CCUS studies. 53 peer-reviewed papers were assessed reporting empirical evidence from studies on community impacts and social acceptance of CCUS projects published between 2009 and 2021. Three separate areas of contestation were identified. The first contestation was on acceptance, including how acceptance was conceptualized, how the different CCUS projects engaged with communities, and the role of acceptance in social learning. The second contestation related to communities: how communities were represented, where the communities were located in relation to the CCUS projects, and how the communities were defined. The third contestation was around CCUS impacts and the factors influencing individuals’ perceptions of impacts, the role of uncertainty, and how impacts were challenged by local communities, politicians and scientists involved in the projects. The next step was to explore how these contestations were conceptualised, the aspects of commonality and difference, as well as the notable omissions. This facilitated a synthesis of the key dimensions of each contestation to inform our discussion regarding community awareness and acceptance of CCUS projects. This review concludes that each CCUS project is complex thus it is not advisable to provide best practice guidelines that will ensure particular outcomes. This systematic review shared recommendations in the literature as to how best to facilitate community engagement in relation to CCUS projects and similar place-based industrial innovation projects. These recommendations focus on the importance of providing transparency, acknowledging uncertainty and encouraging collaboration.


NIELSEN, J.A.E., STAVRIANAKIS, K. and MORRISON, Z. 2022. Community acceptance and social impacts of carbon capture, utilization and storage projects: a systematic meta-narrative literature review. Plos one [online], 17(8), article e0272409. Available from:

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jul 19, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 2, 2022
Publication Date Aug 31, 2022
Deposit Date Aug 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 12, 2022
Journal PLoS one
Print ISSN 1932-6203
Publisher Public Library of Science
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 8
Article Number e0272409
Keywords Carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS); Local communities; Systematic review; Climate-change adaptation; Dioxide capture; Public perceptions; CO2 capture; Adaptive capacity; Technology readiness; Engagement strategy; Risk perceptions; CCS; Lessons
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