NETL's primary mission is to ensure that U.S. fossil energy resources
can meet increasing demand for affordable energy without compromising
the quality of life for future generations of Americans. Within
this context, NETL historically focused on the development of
advanced technologies related to coal and natural gas. With the
recent addition of the National Petroleum Technology Office to
the laboratory, responsibilities now cover the breadth of fossil
energy resourcescoal, natural gas, and oil.
In addition to NETL's work in fossil energy, the laboratory has
in recent years broadened its mission to include support to the
development and deployment of environmental technologies that
lower the cost and reduce the risk of cleaning up the Department
of Energy's weapons complex.
NETL is a unique entity within DOEboth its mission and
approach to achieving that mission differ from those of other
national laboratories. The laboratory is federally operateda
mode of operation that is common in other agencies, but not the
norm within DOE. More important, perhaps, is how NETL conducts
its mission. While NETL performs important research within its
laboratories, it also places great emphasis on partnering with
industrial, academic, and other governmental stakeholders to create
commercially viable technical solutions to energy and environmental
Forty years after the first Earth Day, it is almost second nature to toss a can or plastic bottle into the recycling bin, but being green is about much more than reusing materials. Just as individuals make a personal decision to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," businesses, industry, and other organizations are making the same commitment to being green.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.