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Recycling Carbon: An Outreach Activity Designed to Introduce the General Public to Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage

submitted on 12.03.2020, 09:03 and posted on 12.03.2020, 11:14 by Jennifer Rudd, Michael E. A. Warwick, Marco Taddei, Russell Wakeham
Anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide are causing unmeasurable damage to our planet. As well as rapidly decreasing annual carbon emissions we need to remove already-emitted carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so-called negative emissions. However, public opinion is important when deploying new carbon capture technology and prior research has shown that it is more likely to be accepted when local residents have been introduced prior. In this paper we describe a new outreach activity, Recycling Carbon, to introduce the general public to negative emissions technologies. Recycling Carbon was designed by researchers active in the development of carbon capture and utilisation and has proven very versatile, appealing to audiences of 5-75 year olds in a number of settings including classrooms, science fairs and as a public science lecture. Preliminary feedback, in the form of a before-activity and post-activity questionnaire, indicates that engagement with Recycling Carbon improves people’s understanding of negative emissions technology. Finally the paper discusses how engagement with Recycling Carbon is also an opportunity to discuss an individual’s carbon footprint.


JAR is part of the Reducing Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) research operation funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) through the Welsh Government. Financial support was also provided to JAR by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK (EP/N009525/1). MEAW, RJW and MT have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 663830. MT thanks the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for funding the printing of the illustrated booklet through the First Grant scheme EP/R01910X/1


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