NREL is committed to reducing campus carbon emissions to create a net-zero NREL.
Through world-class operations, the use of the campus as a research instrument, and a holistic approach to sustainability and resilience, NREL demonstrates leadership in critical climate and clean energy solutions for market adoption. Solutions are approached from an ecosystem perspective that utilizes the synergistic relationship between operational choices and mission objectives.
Sustainability and resilience strategies focus first on efficient use of resources and then on the replacement of resources with increasingly more sustainable options and technological solutions that reduce emissions and impact.
NREL Net Zero Labs Pilot
NREL's Net Zero Labs Pilot is a multi-phase plan to decarbonize our footprint over the next decade by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from NREL facilities through energy-efficiency enhancements and the increased integration of clean energy sources.
Site Sustainability Plan
The Fiscal Year 2022 Site Sustainability Plan provides a road map for site planning and development and demonstrates the incorporation of clean energy practices into all business operations.
Net Zero Emissions
This infographic shows NREL's Fiscal Year 2020 greenhouse gas emission performance. We demonstrate leadership in greenhouse gas management by maximizing the use of energy efficiency practices and on-site renewable power. NREL continuously pursues new technologies and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations.
Net-zero energy: On an annual basis, overall performance has greatly reduced energy needs through efficiency gains such that the balance of energy for vehicles, thermal, and electrical energy within the site boundary is met by renewable energy.
Net-zero emissions: On an annual basis, eliminate or offset all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (measured in MTCO2e) including both direct Scope 1 emissions and indirect Scope 2 and 3 emissions to achieve carbon neutrality.
24/7 carbon-free energy: Excluding carbon offsets, all energy consumed for operations are at all times of day from 100% emission-free sources.