CCS awareness higher on Prairies than the rest of Canada
CALGARY, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Public awareness and acceptance of Carbon
Capture and Storage (CCS) as a tool to combat climate change is higher
in Saskatchewan and Alberta than the rest of Canada, concludes a
national survey released today by Carbon Management Canada (CMC) and
the International Performance Assessment Centre for the Geological
Storage of CO2 (IPAC-CO2).
“As Canadians, we need to publicly discuss our transition to a low
carbon future. This survey helps us understand where CCS, which is a
critical part of Canada’s plan, plays in public perception,” says
Richard Adamson, Managing Director of CMC.
Carmen Dybwad, CEO of IPAC-CO2, agrees: “Effective communication
underlies the ability to engage in discussion on how we can sustainably
and responsibly meet our future energy needs. The information found in
the national Public Awareness Survey provides the much needed
understanding to initiate and nurture the communication with Canadians
on our options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
The online survey of 1,548 Canadians, commissioned by IPAC-CO2 with
support from CMC, was conducted by Insightrix Research, Inc. between
Sept. 27 and Oct. 28. 2011. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 % at
a 95% confidence level. The online Canadian poll parallels the 2011
Eurobarometer survey of 13,000 individuals in 12 European countries.
CCS, a key tool in combating climate change, involves extracting carbon
dioxide during the process of power generation or from heavy industrial
operations such as steel mills or cement plants, compressing it and
storing the CO2 permanently in depleted oil or gas fields or saline
“Comparing the awareness in the different provinces, the study shows a
higher level of knowledge in Saskatchewan and Alberta where 40% and 27%
of respondents report knowing what CCS is. The lowest levels of
awareness are in Ontario and Atlantic Canada with figures of 9% and
10%,” said Dybwad. Overall in Canada 14% of respondents know what CCS
is while in Europe just 10% of respondents report knowing what CCS is.
Adamson says the results are not a surprise. “In Alberta the provincial
government recently invested $ 2 billion in CCS demonstration as part
of its plan to reduce carbon emissions. In Saskatchewan, Cenovus has
been sequestering CO(2) in an enhanced oil recovery operation in Weyburn for decades. So more
people have heard about and know what CCS is.”
Canadians and Europeans agree on the effectiveness of CCS as a method to
combat climate change. About the same proportion of respondents in
Canada and Europe believe that CCS would be very (7% and 6%
respectively) or fairly (35% in Canada; 33% in Europe) effective in
fighting climate change. However, the proportion who are unsure of its
effectiveness is considerably higher in Europe (36%) compared to Canada
Other key findings:
-- 31% of Canadians think climate change is occurring and is due solely to human activity; -- 57% of Canadians think climate change is caused by a mix of human activity and natural climate variation; -- 95% of Canadians favor solar energy as an energy source followed by wind (90%), hydroelectric (81%), natural gas (71%), nuclear (32%) with coal trailing at (19%); -- 51% of Canadians believe fossil fuels will still be used for electricity production after the year 2050; and -- 29% of Canadians believe CCs will help ensure lower and more stable energy prices.
“This survey makes it clear that Canadians believe our climate is
changing and it underscores the need to move forward with mitigation
strategies. CCS is part of a portfolio of tools we can use to reduce
carbon emissions, but it is important because it can be applied at
industrial scale sooner than many others,” says Adamson.
Formed in 2009, IPAC-CO2 works to gain public and regulator confidence
in the geological storage of carbon dioxide as a sustainable energy and
environmental option by providing independent performance assessments
of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects.
Carbon Management Canada is a national network that funds academic
research to develop the technology, the knowledge and the personnel to
radically reduce carbon emissions in the fossil energy sector and in
SOURCE IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.