Webinar: Public engagement lessons learnt in Hontomin: Experiences of an onshore CO2 storage project


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On 17 December 2013 a special Global CCS Institute webinar was held featuring Daniel Fernandez-Poulussen, from Spain’s Public Research Foundation – Ciuden. Daniel introduced us to the extensive program of public engagement and outreach activities that have been undertaken for the onshore CO2 storage project (the Hontomin Project) taking place in the village of Hontomin, North West Spain.

Daniel discussed the Project’s social site characterisation activities, communication plan, and the outcomes of a project that was recently under taken in collaboration with Hontomin’s Local Council representatives.

Developing and delivering a comprehensive public engagement strategy from the outset of a project has been shown to be a key factor for the successful development of CO2 storage projects, especially onshore storage projects. This webinar will share the lessons learnt so far at Hontomin with the wider CCS community and we welcome questions and comments from listeners.

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  • Hello my name is Kirsty Anderson, I am the Principal Manager of Public Engagement for the Global CCS Institute and I have to tell you, this really is something of an early Christmas treat for me to be hosting today’s webinar and getting the opportunity to introduce you all to some of the great public outreach work that has gone on at the CO2 injection site in Hontomin, North West Spain! It is 8am here and a very cold and grey Scottish morning, but I know that my day is going to get brighter as I am being joined today by Daniel Fernandez-Poulussen, Geologist and Community Relationship Manager for the CIUDEN CO2 Storage Program in Hontomin North West Spain and Daniel will be guiding us through the valuable public engagement lessons they have learnt at the Hontomin site.Today we are joined by a truly international audience… Daniel I don’t want to make you nervous but there are people listening in from all corners of the globe… however if you are calling in in your pyjamas from the US and Canada and have already started to fall asleep during my lengthy introduction… please do not worry! The webinar is being recorded and will be made available on our website in the near future, so you can listen again and pass on the link to your friends or colleagues who may be interested in the topic.Hopefully you can all see from the title slide that today we will be looking at public engagement lessons learned from the Hontomin Project. Now I know that once you see Daniel’s presentation you will all be wanting to know where you can go to find instructions on how to re-create some of the CO2 related activities that Daniel is going to describe… well please don’t fret! Daniel has very kindly translated some of the most popular activities and recipes for us and both the Spanish and English versions of these amazing ideas created in collaboration with the Local Council at Hontomin and CIUDEN’s Science Didactics and Education Department of the National Museum of Energy, are now available to download from the Institute website – a direct link is provided at the end of the presentation!But first let me introduce you to Daniel…
  • There he is! Now this is going to test my childhood Spanish a little! Daniel is a Geologist working for Spain’s publically funded research foundation - the Fundación Ciudad de la Energía (CIUDEN for short and for those of us with thick Scottish accents).Daniel has been working in the Business Development Unit of CIUDEN since 2009 and is now at their new Technology Development Centre for CO2 Geological Storage in the village of Hontomin, in Northern Spain, where he is the main point of contact for a number of CCS related projects for CIUDEN. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Universidad of Oviedo, but I don’t think in University degree could have prepared him for some of the crazy activities that he has gotten involved in to help bring the concept of CO2 storage alive for the people of Hontomin…Now I am just about ready to handover to Daniel… but one last item of housekeeping…
  • We would really like to encourage you to submit questions to Daniel so that we can have a useful discussion at the end of the presentation. You can submit your questions during the presentation by typing them into the questions box on your ‘GoToWebinar’ control panel on your screen.All the questions that are submitted will be moderated by our Australian tech guru Kylie and passed through to me to read out at the end of the discussion. I will try and get through as many as possible at the end of the presentation and those that we can’t get to we will do our best to respond to offline.OK that’s all our housekeeping done, so without any further delays let me handover to Daniel… HANDOVER CONTROL OF THE SCREEN TO DANIEL.
  • KIRSTY will ask question after Daniel speaks to this slide…Daniel thanks very much for the overview of the approach that you have taken to your engagement activities, can you tell us a bit about how the Hontomin Project has been received by the local community, has it always been welcomed or have you ever faced any kind of opposition?
  • September 10th, 2011Presentation of CIUDEN´s Storage project in Hontomín“Learning Workshop” for children “Bye, bye CO2”
  • Daniel the spread of activities that you have undertaken is really impressive… One of the things that many projects struggle with is providing a value proposition for local communities near a CO2 storage project… I think one of the really interesting things that you did with your work through Hontomin Council was to set your entire outreach program for CO2 storage in the context of science innovation… DO you think that was an important element of the work that you have undertaken?
  • Arrangement of 3 guided tours totheHontomin TDP, summer 2013
  • Keep and improve such trustworthy relationshipCommissioning phase of Hontomin TDPProactive Communication!
  • Keep and improve such trustworthy relationshipCommissioning phase of Hontomin TDPProactive Communication!
  • Thank you so much Daniel for that really inspiring presentation – I can tell you right now that “Penguins in the Mist” will be making an appearance on my Christmas dinner table this year!The questions have been pouring in so I am going to try and combine some of them…DANIEL I WILL PRE-PREPARE SOME STARTER QUESTIONS AND SHARE THEM WITH YOU SO LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS OR AVOID DISCUSSING…Has the Hontomin CO2 injection project always been well received by the local community or have you experienced any of the kinds of opposition we have seen to onshore CO2 storage in the likes of Germany and the Netherlands?How important was it that your outreach program looked at CO2 storage in the context of science innovation?Which activities have had the greatest impact on your local communities? The combination of all of them, having a real and consistentant presence in the community, at community events and with the clear support of local authorities – all these elements have combined to create a great deal of trust and improved understanding of the project and why it is relevant for the community of Hontomin.Do you think the fact that CIUDEN is a publically funded research institute and not a private company makes a difference to people’s perception of the project?
  • Well that is us at the end of our webinar folks! Thank you so much for making the effort to tune in and ask so many questions. I think it is fair to say this is definitely a topic of interest! Daniel I think for our next knowledge sharing event we should do a broadcast from a kitchen… If I perfect those Penguin’s in the Mist over the holidays then perhaps we could become the Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver of cooking with CO2!For those of you who are interested the link that you can see on your screen will take you to the English and Spanish versions of the CO2 engagement activities that Daniel has described. If you are brave enough to attempt these at home or with your own engagement, education or outreach activities do please let us know… also if you are sitting on your own great education or outreach idea please send them into us so that we can share them with the wider CCS community!Thanks once again to Daniel and to all of you. Have a good day everyone!
  • Webinar: Public engagement lessons learnt in Hontomin: Experiences of an onshore CO2 storage project

    1. 1. Public Engagement Lessons Learned in Hontomin: Experiences of an onshore CO2 Storage Project Webinar – 17 December 2013, 1900 AEDT
    2. 2. Daniel Fernández-Poulussen Geologist and Community Relationship Manager - CIUDEN Daniel Fernandez-Poulussen is a Geologist working in the Business Development Unit of the CO2 Storage Programme of the Spanish Public Research Foundation – CIUDEN. Daniel has been working at CIUDEN since 2009 and has amassed a great deal of experience in project management and external communication including community relationship management around CO2 storage sites from his work on the EEPR-funded Compostilla Project and on the FP7 Projects - ECCSEL and IMPACTS.
    3. 3. QUESTIONS  We will collect questions during the presentation.  Your MC will pose these question to the presenter after the presentation.  Please submit your questions directly into the GoToWebinar control panel. The webinar will start shortly.
    4. 4. Who is CIUDEN? CIUDEN was created by the Spanish Government in 2006 as a non-profit R&D institution fully conceived for collaborative research in CCS and CCTs. es.CO2 Centre CO2 capture and transport large-scale facilities PC boiler: 20 MWth CFB boiler: 30 MWth max. Location: Cubillos del Sil (León) Hontomín site CO2 geological storage in saline aquifer onshore 2 Wells, 1600m depth Location: Hontomín (Burgos)
    5. 5. Who is CIUDEN? Ene.Museo: National Museum of Energy Strong Science Communication Unit, including:  Educational Programme  Cultural Programme Activities, courses, workshops related to science communication with a focus on energy, coal, CO2 and climate change. www.enemuseo.org dec.ene@ciuden.es
    6. 6. Overview of Compostilla project
    7. 7. The beginning: building a strategy on public engagement
    8. 8. Establishment of a strong outreach team  Composed of specialists from different fields, gender and age.  Group of specialised spokespersons for media and local population.  Regular working meetings.  Same (familiar) faces, unified messages.
    9. 9. Integral communication plan
    10. 10. Integral communication plan
    11. 11. Integral communication plan
    12. 12. Integral communication plan  Specific information packs for local and regional authorities.  Specific information pack for journalists.  Basic information for all audiences: Leaflets with general info about the Project and CCS.  Available in English and Spanish on the website.  Sent to local and national authorities of influence in the Project areas.
    13. 13. Socioeconomical characterisation Scientific worries Safety concerns •CO2 toxicity •Safety guarantees •Tested technology •Obstacle for renewable energy • Storage limit • Storage sites • Reutilisation of Stored CO2 • Price, who pays? Risk perception •Ecosystems •Human health •Period of time Perceived benefits • Climate change • CO2 reduction • Economy of the sites Can CCS contribute to mitigate climate change?
    14. 14. Socioeconomical characterisation Perception studies (national and regional) After receiving information: Do you think CCS is a good idea to mitigate climate change ? Risk for the people Risk for the region CCS is a good idea 7% Disagree General population (not well informed) Castilla y León population ( well informed) “Have you ever heard about The Compostilla Project?” 75% Agree After receiving information: Do you think the project will be beneficial for the region? Not sure 65% Yes CIUDEN – CISOT 2012 18% No opinion
    15. 15. Site-specific action plan Three areas, three strategies… The capture area:  Reinforce the idea of economic opportunity  Strategic location  Synergies with other projects The transport area:  Security, infrastructure with low environmental impact  Clear, accurate, flexible communication  A proactive approach The storage area:  Reinforce social and economic opportunities in the area: job creation, international relevance, scientific activities, economic compensations  A proactive approach  Strong media interaction  Quick reaction to possible negative impacts detected
    16. 16. Key points to remember Listen…and listen more Partnerships Engage ≠ Convince Adapted messages Building trust Flexibility Early actions Transparency Dialogue ≠ Monologue Familiarity
    17. 17. Public perception activities Local Community Engagement in local festivals CIUDEN invited to participate
    18. 18. Activities in public engagement: Communication plan Press, radio & TV Presence at workshops Local Community Meetings Guided tours Activities for children Communication materials www.ciuden.es www.compostillaproject.es
    19. 19. A successful idea: Better Together  April 2012: Call for proposals on the promotion of scientific culture and innovation.  September 2012: Project approved, one year project until Sept 2013  April 2013: Extra funds from “Obra Social La Caixa” Project title: Promotion of scientific culture and innovation among the population of La Merindad de Río Ubierna in collaboration with CIUDEN
    20. 20. A successful idea: Better Together Ciuden prepared a set of activities with the Local Council – both for children and for the general public.
    21. 21. A successful idea: Better Together – presence at local festivals
    22. 22. The Project
    23. 23. Science, cooking and the blood sausage workshop A workshop was arranged as a part of the program of activities for the local Blood Sausage Festival, November 2012.
    24. 24. CO2, do I know you? Workshops were arranged at the Sotopalacios Community Centre.
    25. 25. Sustainability Workshop Lectures were arranged for elderly people at Sotopalacios Community Centre.
    26. 26. Solar Kitchen Workshop Workshop held as part of the Blood Sausage Festival at Sotopalacios, November 2012.
    27. 27. Photography Contest ‘Geology and Environment of the Merindad’ Prizes delivered during the local fair of ‘La Merindad’, August 2013. www.concursomerindad.com
    28. 28. Drawing contest ‘The future of the planet’ Prizes were delivered during the local fair of ‘La Merindad’, August 2013.
    29. 29. Wine & CO2 and Geology & Wine Workshops Two workshops were held with wine experts at the Sotopalacios Community Centre, April 2013.
    30. 30. Workshop for children ‘Cooking with CO2’ Several CO2 recipes have been developed as part of the activities carried out near Hontomín and at Ene.Museo, in Ponferrada. Parents and children all enjoyed taking part in these activities.
    31. 31. Workshop for children ‘Cooking with CO2’ Fruit Volcano Penguins in the Mist Steam Train Chocolate Icecream Summer Milkshake The Recipes
    32. 32. Workshop for children ‘Cooking with CO2’ Penguins in the Mist
    33. 33. Workshop for children ‘Cooking with CO2’ Halloween Recipe
    34. 34. Summer School: ‘The Magic Rocks of Hontomin’ Four events were carried out for children in the village of Hontomin.
    35. 35. Summer School: ‘The Magic Rocks of Hontomin’ Four events were carried out for children in the village of Hontomin.
    36. 36. Site visits
    37. 37. Lessons Learned  Know your community and adapt to them.  Transparency in communication.  Proactive communication is a must.  Materials and messages must be adapted to audiences.  Education programmes are a great method of community engagement.  Listen and listen again!
    38. 38. So what is next? More workshops and science outreach activities to come (both for capture and storage areas) working in close collaboration with Local Councils. Scientist for a day! Plants & CO2 The Origin of Coal Etc…
    39. 39. Thanks for your attention! Acknowledgments Special thanks to: Andrea Pérez, Marta Ferrero, Beatriz Taladrid, Roberto Cuadrado, Montse, Veronica and all the colleagues who have kindly collaborated in the project.
    40. 40. Thanks for the attention! Daniel Fernandez-Poulussen Business Development Unit CO2 Geological Storage Programme Tel.+34 987 456 323 Mobile +34-689 586 637 d.fernandez@ciuden.es Technological Development Plant for CO2 Storage www.ciuden.es
    41. 41. QUESTIONS / DISCUSSION Please submit your questions in English directly into the GoToWebinar control panel. The webinar will start shortly.
    42. 42. Please submit any feedback to: webinar@globalccsinstitute.com WE WILL ADD IN THE LINK TO THE HONTOMIN PAGE ON THE INSTITUTE WEBSITE AND THE CIUDEN WEBSITE HERE.