The Stakeholder Engagement (SE) Work Theme presents the key considerations for Public and Stakeholder Engagement regarding the deployment of CCS in South Africa. For CCS 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 CCS 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.
CCS remains a relatively unknown and poorly understood technology among the publics. 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.