Research

RP2.1-02 A social license and acceptance of future fuels

Executive Summary

This research project aims to identify the key requirements for a social licence to operate facilitating the adoption of low-carbon fuels by industry users and the community. The main research objectives include developing an understanding of various stakeholder attitudes towards future fuels and monitoring changes in attitudes of those stakeholders via longitudinal, deliberative and other research methods and processes.

Key project deliverables include social research reports on stakeholder attitudes and trustworthy information tools which project proponents and policy makers can use to assist in the safe introduction and use of future fuels.

Project updates:

National public survey (August 2021): the Future Fuels CRC has released the results of its first national public survey of over three thousand Australians on public attitudes towards hydrogen conducted between 29th January and 20th February 2021. This survey found widespread public support for producing and using hydrogen both in Australia and for export, as well as that awareness about hydrogen is growing. Download full survey report

Report on engagement and workshops with policymakers (September 2022): online workshops were held with government and industry policy makers and influencers in which they discussed and responded to findings from the national public survey (see above) and citizens’ panels (see RP2.1-07). The associated project report summarises key insights into how they responded and current perceived needs and requirements in the realm of futures fuel policymaking. Download the project report

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Commencement / End Date August 2019 to May 2023
Outcomes / Impact

The research results produced to-date support the activities happening now in every State to develop Australia’s hydrogen industry. Current and ongoing work will further clarify social licence requirements as well as the information needs, concerns and views of key stakeholders (e.g. affected local communities, trades and associated workers and emergency service workers and the broader public). These research outputs can inform the creation of a wide range of information and communication materials.

The research from this work package should also be helpful to inform the other Research Programs of relevant societal issues and the perceived benefits that an emerging hydrogen economy can bring.

Partners University of Queensland, Jemena, AGIG, GPA Engineering, GAMAA, SA Gov
Research Contact

Dr Stephen McGrail

Research and Education Program Coordinator

stephenmcgrail@futurefuelscrc.com