Stakeholder Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Our aim is to engage with stakeholders to optimise the research and subsequent knowledge exchange. We will produce a set of tools, reports and guides that directly transfer our scientific advances to end users.

Who will want this information and how will it benefit them?

  • Policy makers and government agencies and regulators. These are related to energy and environment policy and to marine activities. (e.g. MPs, MSPs, MEPs, Marine Scotland, Environment Agency, Department of Energy & Climate Change, The Crown Estate).
  • Conservation agencies, e.g. Natural England & the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
  • Environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with marine conservation interests, such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF.
  • Research communities e.g. coordinators and key players in international and national CCS and Ocean Acidification-related programs, e.g.
    • Research into Impacts and Safety in CO2 Storage (RISCS),
    • European Project on OCean Acidification (EPOCA),
    • Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems (ECO2),
    • UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (NERC-UKOARP).
  • Inter governmental organisations, such as OSPAR, the London Convention and the International Energy Authority (IEA), with specific interests in CCS.
  • Industry organisations and trade associations with a specific interest in CCS such as power and oil companies

The research findings will directly inform deliberations amongst these groups on the potential impacts and acceptability of carbon capture and storage and of the options for risk assessment and mitigation.

How will we engage?

The Knowledge exchange objectives are:

  • To have a Stakeholder Advisory Panel comprising representatives of external interested organisations who are well informed about the project and have an active role within the project.
  • An initial meeting in December 2010 between the project team (Work Package Leaders and senior partners) and the Stakeholder Advisory Panel giving the opportunity to establish the key questions and topics of interest specific to the ecosystems impacts of geological storage, from the stakeholders’ point of view.
  • The Stakeholder Advisory Panel have been invited to attend a mid-project meeting in 2014 for presentations on progress and achievement.
  • The production of a ‘Lessons Learnt’ Best Practice Manual; a summary of key project findings from each work package and recommendations placing our research results in the broader CCS context.
  • An end-of-project Stakeholder Workshop to present key findings. Invitations will be extended to a broader range of stakeholders.
  • To provide regular project website updates. These will be hosted on a dedicated page on the BGS website which will act as the main area for information transfer throughout the project. To approach appropriate existing websites (e.g. EPOCA, RISCS, Natural England) to request that they establish links to the QICS website.
  • To endeavour to present our research at relevant science and policy conferences as these attract a wide range of direct and indirect stakeholders.

Wider interest:

CCS is a technique to mitigate climate change but may create some controversy if there is a perceived threat to the environment, an issue shared, for example, by wind farms and tidal schemes. Our goal within this project is to provide unambiguous and accessible information describing ecological risks of CCS and importantly contrasting them with the risks of non-mitigation and other marine activities but not to engage in the debate itself.

How will we deliver this information?

Plymouth Marine Laboratory will be responsible for coordinating the provision of interpretative materials for the QICS web site, producing media releases for general and specialist publications and responding to requests for information from the media. This will include an educational factsheet based on the projects findings, iterate this with selected stakeholders, improve and then distribute this to a range of policy makers (including MPs), journalists and public interest groups.

Scottish Association for Marine Science will be responsible for developing and coordinating information flow between Stakeholders local to the experimental release site.