Carbon capture and storage is more and more actively promoted as a large-scale response to the problem of climate change and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. This has led to number of social research activities encompassing both the economics and the sociology perspectives.
There has been a significant network-building effort internationally. At the global scale, the Carbon Capture and Storage Social Research Network (C2S2RN) was established in 2006 to promote collaboration and experience sharing on CCS. The network met in Banff, Canada (September 2007), and in Washington, DC (November 2008). In Europe, the ACCSEPT project (2006–2007) examined various scientific, technical, legal, economic, social and political issues. In France :
Academic research teams having published focused articles on the economics of CSC include the CIRED, the LERNA, the LEO and the GIS-LARSEN to name but a few.
Para-governmental establishments such as the Bureau des Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM) and the Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP) are also very involved. BRGM recently launched an innovative electronic democracy initiative by releasing online the METSTOR geographic information system, dedicated to informing openly all public and private stakeholders about the local CCS constraints and opportunities.
The École des Mines de Paris and Université du Havre are leading the formation of an Industrial Chair dedicated to research on CSC. With CIRED, LEPII and CERNA among other partners, it is not limited to engineering issues, but will also study the social, geographic and economic aspects.
There are several consortiums replying ADEME’s call for proposal for a « démonstrateur CSC », some of these propose to conduct significant socio-economic research.
The SOCECO2 project studied the conditions in which CSC could be developed in France, examining economic, technical and environmental scenarios for 2050 and leading social perceptions studies in the whole population and around Total’s project near Pau.
As a closing event for the SOCECO2 project, the workshop’s main goal was to bring together the French social sciences CSC research community, in order to :
- Examine in greater detail the activities taking place in France within the European context, assess successes and challenges, and provide an opportunity for peer review of the results obtained by the partners of the SOCECO2 project.
- Facilitate a discussion among workshop attendees on the question of the economic opportunities for CSC in France, its social perceptions and the implications for carbon capture and storage.
- Identify any synergies and research opportunities between members of the research community at large in France and in Europe.
To this end, participants will provide in their talk a short summary of the CSC-related research interests of their group, and we plan to build in sufficient time to allow for questions and discussion.
Session 1 : Perception
Survey of the Jurancon population, Capture and storage of CO2, TOTAL Pilot project Résultats de l’enquête menée en octobre 2008 dans le cadre du projet ANR SOCECO2 par l’APESA
Views on CCS risks acceptability, Minh Ha-Duong
Methodological considerations on the study of CCS social perception. Samuella Vercelli (University of Rome "La Sapienza") Oral communication only.
Session 2 : Scenarios
French CCS Roadmap , SocECO2 Project
Environmental assessment of several 2050 CCS scenarios for France , Frédérique BOUVART (IFP) Pascale MICHEL et Yannick MENARD (BRGM)
Session 3 : Social issues
The issue of carbon capture and storage as a socio-technical object in debate : genesis and trajectory, Ana Sofia Campos, PhD Student in Sociology (GSPR/CIRED/INERIS)
Can carbon capture and storage from biomass become a reality ? Audrey Laude et Olivia Ricci (LEO, Université d’Orléans)
Laypeople Concepts on CCS in Switzerland, Lasse Wallquist (ETH Zurich)
Session 4 : Economics
CCS cs. Renewables : macroeconomic comparisons, Rémy TELLO, Frédéric GHERSI , Minh HA-DUONG (CIRED)
Polluting Non-Renewable Resources, Carbon Abatement Climate Policy in a Romer Growth Model, André Grimaud (LERNA), Bertrand Magné (LEA) et Luc Rouge (Toulouse Business School)
mitigation options and directed technical change : A decentralized equilibrium analysis, André Grimaud (TSE, LERNA) Gilles Lafforgue (TSE, INRA-LERNA) and Bertrand Magné (IEA)
Session 5 : Policy
Yves Boulaigue (DRIRE) Remarks on CCS regulation. Oral communication only.
Policies for carbon capture and storage. Efficient strategies for innovation and deployment, Dominique FINON avec Ph.MENANTEAU (LEPII)
Carbon capture storage and International Negotiations, Paula Coussy (IFP) Minh Ha Duong (CIRED)
Field visit :
Nicolas Aimard, Total, talks with visiting scientists at La Chapelle de Rousse. (Picture : APESA)
To learn more about this project :
Présentation pédagogique sur le site de l’APESA
Suivi officiel par la Commission Locale d’Information et de Surveillance
Dossier de concertation par Total
Le blog de Coteaux de Jurançon Environnement
About this workshop
Scientific organizer : Minh HA-DUONG, CNRS
Local organizer : Anne-Sophie MOULINIER, APESA
Sponsor : The SOCECO2 research project was funded by the French ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique).