BBSRC has published a report about a pilot public dialogue on bioenergy which took place between September 2012 and December 2013.
The report, 'BBSRC Bioenergy Dialogue' details the findings of the project, which aimed to explore public views regarding bioenergy, so that those views could be considered by BBSRC.
It also aimed to pilot a new, distributed approach to public dialogue, which enabled people to carry out their own deliberative sessions using information and background materials provided by BBSRC.
The dialogue was carried out by BBSRC with co-funding and support from Sciencewise, the Government programme which helps decision makers carry out dialogue with the public to inform policy on issues involving science and technology. The data analysis was conducted by Ipsos MORI and the project is being evaluated by Collingwood Environmental Planning (CEP).
Between January and September 2013, 11 public dialogue events were run by researchers and other groups. Participants discussed both what they saw as the potential positive impacts of bioenergy as well as any causes for concern.
Overall those who took part saw bioenergy as a key part of – but not the entire solution to – our energy needs in the future. Participants were keen that researchers should think about the 'bigger picture' issues of benefit and fairness, impact and sustainability, and not lose sight of the wider goal of reducing carbon emissions through both demand and supply side mechanisms.
The report, together with the evaluation reports when they are available, will be discussed by BBSRC's advisory groups and used to inform the work of those groups. A BBSRC response to the findings will be produced.
You can read the report at: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/society/dialogue/activities/bioenergy-dialogue/bioenergy-dialogue-project.aspx