The Stakeholder Engagement (SE) Work Theme presents the key considerations for Public and Stakeholder Engagement regarding the deployment of CCUS in South Africa. For CCUS to be fully considered as part of South Africa’s energy strategy, and climate change mitigation actions, stakeholders must be engaged and provided with information about the basic principles around the CCUS technology as well as benefits and potential risks of its application. This information must be given at National, Provincial and Local levels including the traditionally excluded stakeholders such as the Environmental Non- Governmental Organisations (ENGOs) and Labour Unions.
CCUS remains a relatively unknown and poorly understood technology among the public. Public acceptance is key to successful permitting and the deployment of CCS technology. To this end, ongoing public outreach and education pre-, during and post- Pilot Carbon Dioxide Storage Project (PCSP) will continue to play a pivotal role. Stakeholders are afforded an opportunity to raise concerns/issues and these are captured in the Issues/concerns Logbook.
- Raise awareness of CCS as one of the climate change mitigation measures;
- Develop understanding of CCS, key concepts, subsurface storage and key issues;
- Outline the benefits and potential risks of demonstration and deployment of the CCS technology in South Africa; and
- Place CCS in the context of South African climate change mitigation, energy/coal production and use amongst others.
In addition to complying with public participation and engagement requirements, Stakeholder Engagement is a key recommendation because of the complex nature of CCS technology. Stakeholders Engagement activities are aligned to the the World Resource Institute (WRI) community engagement Principles.
The Pilot Carbon Dioxide Storage Project (PCSP) is the first National and International collaborative Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Research & Development project on the African Continent. The PCSP is a proof of concept for Carbon Capture & Storage in South Africa and is critical to addressing climate change. Existing databases have been drawn upon to create a CCUS-specific stakeholder database. Comprising a national and local database. For the deployment of the PCSP the local database focuses on stakeholders in the area to be considered for the Pilot CO2 Storage Project namely the Port Elizabeth (Algoa Basin) area and the KwaZulu-Natal (Zululand Basin) area. These engagements are deployed through the use of following activities amongst others:
- Oversight and review of the implementation of the entire Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.
- Key Stakeholder identification and analysis.
- Providing consistent, timely and relevant information on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) to key Stakeholders at National, Provincial and Local level.
- Continuous engagements with local stakeholder such as Government structures, traditional authorities, Industry etc.
- Facilitation of Technical CCS workshops and Biennial Conference.
- Development of communication materials to relay understanding of CCS, key concepts, subsurface storage and key issues.
CCUS education is key to the implementation of CCUS in South Africa as this forms part of human capacity which is one of the mandates for CCUS development in the country. CCUS outreach initiatives are targeted at the Education Sectors, Industry and the General Public/Communities. Where possible, collaborative relations are fostered with key Stakeholders in an endeavor to use their existing structures for maximum reach. CCUS Education is conducted through numerous activities such as but limited to the following:
· Workshops with the Education Districts, Industry and Government structures.
· Conducting presentations and exhibitions at national and international events.
· Collaboration with Researchers and Academia.
· Development of communication materials to relay understanding of CCS.
· Sponsoring of awards for CCUS research at Science Platforms.