Stakeholder Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Our aim has been to engage with stakeholders to optimise the research and subsequent knowledge exchange. We have presented and maintained information on the progress, method and findings from our research to 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 have directly informed 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 activities are:

  • 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.
  • The Scottish Association for Marine Science developed and coordinated information flow and exchange between QICS scientists and Stakeholders local to the experimental release site. Local people were invited and attended an information evening held at Benderloch village in December 2011 attended by QICS scientists and interviews were given to the local press and television.
  • An initial meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel was held in May 2011 between the project team (Work Package Leaders and senior partners) and the Stakeholder Advisory Panel gave members the opportunity to establish the key questions and topics of interest specific to the ecosystems impacts of geological storage, from the stakeholder's point of view.
  • During the drilling of the borehole and the experimental release notices were put up in Benderloch village, around the drill enclosure and at the onshore mobile laboratory. QICS scientists supervising the drilling and monitoring the release stayed on site at the adjacent caravan park. A facebook blog site was maintained throughout the controlled release.
  • At a conference call meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel in April 2012 project progress immediately prior to the controlled release was presented and a written summary of the release and initial outcomes provided after the release in September 2012. The emerging interpreted results were presented to the panel in March 2013.
  • An end-of-project Stakeholder Workshop was held at the Westminster Conference Centre in May 2014. QICS scientists presented and discussed key findings with a broad range of stakeholders from industry, government, research and environmental organisations.
  • A summary of key project findings and recommendations placing QICS research results in the broader CCS context have been presented as fact sheets and a summary brochure, available from the QICS web site or as hard copy on request.
  • 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 have we delivered this information?

The QICS web site (www.qics.co.uk) was set up in December 2010 and updated with project information at key stages during the progress of the QICS research. These are hosted on a dedicated page on the BGS website which is the main area for information transfer throughout the project including:

  • Video clip of the submarine release,
  • Photograph gallery of the QICS researchers and activities,
  • Animation illustrating activities and timeline for the project,
  • Interview of the project leader summarising the IQCS project, objectives and results.
Links were made with other appropriate existing research projects websites (e.g. EPOCA, RISCS, Natural England) to establish links to the QICS website.

Plymouth Marine Laboratory has been 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.