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Energy transition needs mission-driven R&D, government told

The Netherlands should set up a governance and funding infrastructure for the R&D needed to meet the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, a government task force has said.

A report by the government-commissioned Innovation Task Force outlines 13 multiannual mission-driven innovation programmes (MMIPs) that could coordinate research efforts aimed at achieving the goal. The next step will be the creation of a funding and governance infrastructure to support these programmes, writes Tim van der Hagen, chairman of the task force, in the report’s foreword.

The report sets out the knowledge and innovation needed to achieve five sub-targets:

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