Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has emerged rapidly as a crucial technological option for decarbonising electricity supply and mitigating climate change. Great hopes are being pinned on this new technology but it is also facing growing scepticism and criticism. This book is the first to bring together the full range of social and policy issues surrounding CCS shedding new light on this potentially vital technology and its future.  The book covers many crucial topics including the roles and positions that different publics, NGOs, industry, political parties and media are taking up; the way CCS is organised, supported and regulated; how CCS is being debated and judged; how innovation, demonstration and learning are occurring and being conceptualised and promoted; and the role of CCS in the transition to a low carbon energy future.  The authors draw on a variety of approaches, concepts, methods and themes and provide a new understanding of innovation in the energy and climate change fields. It tackles the many issues in a way that speaks to those concerned not only to understand these developments, but to those who are involved in the scientific and technological work itself, as well as those charged with evaluating and making decisions relevant to the future of the technology.

chapter 1|17 pages


chapter 2|13 pages

An Introduction to Key Developments and Concepts in CCS

History, technology, economics and law

part I|78 pages

Perceptions and Representations

chapter 3|12 pages

Introduction to Part I

Perceptions and representations

chapter 5|17 pages

Colonizing the Future

The case of CCS

chapter 6|18 pages

Beyond ‘For or Against'

Environmental NGO-evaluations of CCS as a climate change solution

part II|79 pages


chapter 7|16 pages

Introduction to Part II


chapter 9|23 pages

Up and Down with CCS

The issue-attention cycle and the political dynamics of decarbonisation

chapter 10|16 pages

Technology Management in the Face of Scientific Uncertainty

A case study of the CCS Test Centre Mongstad

part III|85 pages


chapter 11|8 pages

Introduction to Part III


chapter 12|23 pages


A disruptive technology for innovation theory

chapter 13|23 pages

Learning in CCS Demonstration Projects

Social and political dimensions 1

chapter 14|29 pages