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.

Net Zero Labs

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The Net Zero Labs pilot program challenges NREL to decarbonize its 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

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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.