Public perception of carbon dioxide removal in three Asian regions

Atris, A.M., Sugiyama, M., Chen, Y.-c., Ju, Y., & Yamaura, K. (2024). Public perception of carbon dioxide removal in three Asian regions. Sustainability Science 10.1007/s11625-024-01515-4.

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Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is an emerging option that has recently gained attention as a key component of net zero targets. CDR is now considered unavoidable to mitigate climate change and achieve emission reductions. Understanding social acceptability is crucial but currently lacking, particularly outside North America and Europe. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the public’s perceptions toward such methods in various geographies is necessary. As a step toward this direction, we investigated public perception across three Asian regions (Japan, n = 470; Taiwan, n = 473; China, n = 477) about the risks and benefits of CDR options through an online survey in 2021. The findings were similar in the three regions, with many participants unfamiliar with CDR options and unsure of understanding such technologies. Although risk perceptions had a similar pattern across the three regions, benefit perceptions had a different pattern. Furthermore, a lack of CDR knowledge decreased the respondents’ risk and benefit perceptions of CDR technology in a statistically significant manner. Overall, our findings suggest an urgent need to engage the wider public regarding CDR approaches and their potential contribution to meeting national and global climate goals.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Sustainable Service Systems (S3)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2024 07:37
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 07:37

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