Implementing Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs): An Innovation Note

John M. Deutch

August 2019

Attention is increasingly shifting to negative emissions technologies (NETs) as a lever to achieve committed decarbonization goals. Such technologies raise urgent technical questions around their risks, costs, and benefits, however, calling for a substantial research initiative to advance innovation on NETs and promote their demonstration and deployment. To be successful, such an initiative requires robust organizational and management structures, supported by adequate resources, to formulate and execute a comprehensive multi-year innovation plan. This Working Paper presents several options for the creation of such a NET innovation program and discusses their implications.