Protective space and social licence to operate industrial decarbonisation

IDRIC Project MIP 6.5

The University of Manchester
Tyndall Centre

Background

To accelerate industrial decarbonisation at scale, low carbon technologies (including carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and Hydrogen production) require a strong social licence to operate (SLO).

SLO refers to the level of support for projects and technologies assembled to deliver industrial decarbonisation in the region. High levels of SLO are achieved when projects are seen as credible and legitimate, and depend on establishing trust between society and those responsible for delivering and regulating projects. Thus, it is important to understand specific contexts and past events which will influence the evolving social licence in each region.

Dr Clair Gough

Dr Clair Gough

Principal Investigator
Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

Project Team

Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester:

Dr Diarmaid Clery

Aim

This project will conduct a process of deliberation involving stakeholders and citizens, in both the Humber and NW clusters. It will:

  • Assess and develop conditions for establishing and maintaining a strong social licence to operate
    (SLO) for decarbonising the clusters.
  • Extend the SLO approach to consider multiple technologies assembled to deliver industrial
    decarbonisation at a cluster scale.
  • Understand the potential to develop SLO at a regional and, ultimately, national scale.

Meet the Team

 

Dr Diarmaid Clery

Dr Diarmaid Clery

Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

Lisa Bell

Lisa Bell

Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

Dr Diarmaid Clery

Dr Diarmaid Clery

Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

Lisa Bell

Lisa Bell

Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

Case Studies

  • We held the first two stakeholder workshops for the Hynet NW and the Humber clusters in February 2022.
  • We will be holding focus groups in each of the two regions in November 2022.

Associated Outputs

This project is delivering academic papers exploring the social license to operate for industrial decarbonisation, alongside updated accessible web-based reports for each of the two clusters.