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Stakeholder Engagement

FutureGen Lessons Learned

  • Competition motivates engagement.
  • Community pride and altruistic benefits increase stakeholder involvement.
  • Cooperation and coordination are critical.
  • Take time to understand specific and varied audiences.
  • Understand where people get their information.
  • Provide accurate and consistent information.
  • Ensure access to experts.
  • Use different engagement approaches.
  • Be transparent.
  • Demonstrate your presence in the community.

Sharing Lessons Learned from FutureGen Stakeholder Engagement

With support from the Global carbon capture, utilization and storage Institute (GCCUSI), a PNNL staff member attended a regional GCCUSI meeting in Toyko, Japan, in June 2012 to share lessons learned from the FutureGen project about engaging stakeholders in the project. The staff member presented findings from the eight-year-long project and participated in a panel discussion with other experts in the field. The purpose was to raise awareness of CCUS in Japan.

Local Stakeholder Engagement

PNNL provides public outreach related to the Wallula Carbon Capture Storage Basalt Project, in Wallula, Washington, where the long-term effects of injected carbon dioxide on the basalt reservoir, the surrounding soil, and groundwater will be monitored. Staff met with stakeholders from a broad range of backgrounds to describe the project and solicit feedback, and made presentations to the Grandmothers' Roundtable, Whitman College students, and community activists. They hosted tours of the characterization well for Whitman College geology classes and showed the students supercritical carbon dioxide in the lab. This outreach helped community members see the importance of the Lab's capture and storage (CCUS)
research and gave them access to experts in the field.

Geological Carbon Storage Research at PNNL

Energy and Environment Directorate