Climate Action Planning Process

For research campuses, NREL has developed a five-step process to develop and implement climate action plans:

  1. Determine baseline energy consumption
  2. Analyze technology options
  3. Prepare a plan and set priorities
  4. Implement the climate action plan
  5. Measure and evaluate progress.

The process follows a logical hierarchy of actions to evaluate options by energy sector and set specific targets. It encompasses every energy system on campus, recognizing that campus-wide measures have greater potential for reducing carbon emissions.

Use the Climate Action Planning Tool to determine which technology options will have the most impact on your campus.