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Capturing digital stories of energy change - WP9

There are numerous innovative technologies currently being developed to address the ongoing climate emergency. Of these, the processes being developed and tested in the RICE project stand out, not only for capturing the carbon emissions of heavy industry, but for adaptively diverting them into a number of economically sustainable and beneficial downstream uses. The metal and petroleum refineries of South Wales encompass carbon emissions sources that are widely recognized as among the most difficult to mitigate. The potential of these RICE technologies to engender real change lies as much in the breadth of their adoption as in the technologies themselves.  

The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales is working to capture and disseminate in a series of digital stories the promise and progress of the RICE project solutions as they unfold. The goal is to expose three main audiences to the advances made in the RICE project in order to increase awareness and provoke interest in wider adoption and implementation of the solutions developed. These audiences have been identified as:  decision makers (industrial and governmental policy makers), engineering/science professionals (to aid internal and external cross-discipline communication), and the interested public. This represents one of the first full integrations of a digital storytelling unit as communications specialists in an academic engineering project.

The work package will also be exploring the wider context of the RICE project, by exploring the complexities of climate change mitigation strategies across Wales and internationally. It will create an overview of the area in an easily assimilated narrative format. Partnerships will be formed with academic centres, industry, government, and education providers. Thus the digital story outputs of the storytelling work package will enhance the impact and dissemination of the RICE project while exploring both the wider efforts being made in this region and their global implications.

The ‘digital stories’ from the package will be released as a series of short films each with a specific theme or character focus. Towards the end of the project, a longer composite documentary will be produced telling the story of the RICE project through the people and settings that have fostered it. Longer form interview footage will also form an archival resource, giving researchers and policy makers the option of delving deeper into particular subject areas, guided by the engineering, scientific, economic and political experts engaged in the RICE project.

Work package 9 is being undertaken by Prof Joseph Sobol and William Gold

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