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Pericles - Public perception of the CCU lifecycle and CCU products

The public perception of CCU Products in Germany and, as a consequence, social acceptance, might be considerably influenced by the type of the products and the contexts they are used for. For example, a mattress which is used in private contexts might be differently evaluated in comparison to every day products (household) or as building materials (insulation). So far, scarce knowledge is prevalent in how far acceptance varies with the different consumer products. In addition, individual user characteristics impact the willingness of persons to accept and use those CCU products. Understanding those consumer groups and their different perceptions of trust/distrust in those products as well as the CCU industry help to specifically tailor information and communication needs between industry and the public and vice versa.

Overall three work packages are scheduled: WP 1: Extension of CCU product lifecycle analyses by adding acceptance evaluations to different process steps. Potentials of new technologies such as CCU are always evaluated in relation to existing technologies by comparing a complete lifecycle of a product from the extraction of raw materials to recycling of the product. Existing lifecycle analyses focus on technical process steps of the CCU technology only.

WP 2: Empirically based, user-centered analysis of different CCU product acceptance. Since the CCU product family is highly heterogeneous (ranging from Co2 utilization as energy carrier (e.g., fuel), or as production material (e.g., plastics, drugs, fertilizer, etc.) the analysis will cover a broad range of product features and related usage contexts as well as consumer characteristics.

WP 3: Assessment of perceived (dis)trust in CCU products and the CCU industry The trust or distrust in CCU products and the CCU industry can seriously affect consumers’ acceptance of and willingness to use CCU products.

Funding:

European Institute of Technology & Innovation (EIT) within the EnCO2re flagship program Climate-KIC

Funding period:

2017-2019

Team:

Dr. Katrin Arning