7.1 The politics of carbon capture and storage

James Meadowcroft , Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada

This paper focuses on the politics and policy of carbon dioxide capture and storage. In particular it looks at the way societal actors have ascribed meaning to CCS, and the various ways it has figured in recent political argument. At the core of the controversy over CCS are different understandings of what CCS can represent for the transformation of contemporary energy systems towards a low carbon emission future. And the debate over these alternative understandings of CCS and visions of the energy system reflect the indeterminacy of transitions in the energy sector.