Transportation Decarbonization Research
NREL is leveraging decades of clean-energy research to conquer technical barriers to decarbonization across the transportation sector—reshaping existing mobility systems for a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable climate future.
Challenge What Is Possible
Reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through deep decarbonization is a foremost problem in the race against climate change, and we believe the time to move is now.
Bring us your most complex decarbonization challenges, and together we can reimagine what comes next for powering a carbon-neutral U.S. economy by 2050.
Our Multipronged Decarbonization Strategy
To achieve rapid, deep decarbonization of the transportation sector, NREL aggressively pursues a multi-pronged strategy reliant on using abundant sources of renewable energy, such as wind, solar, and bioenergy, coupled with diverse energy storage solutions.
Our strategy provides the scientific building blocks needed to spur innovation through fundamental research and engineering. It enables us to identify the most efficient and effective use of renewable energy by application, while assisting industry stakeholders, communities, and early adopters in making informed implementation decisions.
Our Decarbonization Research Capabilities
NREL offers robust expertise and access to state-of-the-art national laboratory facilities to accelerate deep decarbonization transportation research.
Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility
Electric Vehicle Research Infrastructure Evaluation Platform
NREL Off-Road Decarbonization and Energy Systems Integration Workshop: Challenges and Opportunities
Why Transportation Is Key to Deep Decarbonization
Transportation accounts for the largest portion (29%) of total U.S. GHG emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Worldwide, the transport sector accounts for about 14% of global GHG emissions, per the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. With emissions still on the rise, transforming transportation through deep decarbonization will hold the key to achieving a net-zero carbon economy.
Deep decarbonization is the most aggressive form of revolutionizing our current fossil-fuel-reliant energy system to one powered solely from renewable and low-carbon energy sources. Finding solutions to slash man-made, atmospheric heat-trapping GHGs—also known as carbon dioxide emissions—is imperative for meeting emission reduction targets, achieving climate policy goals, and halting the mounting effects of climate change.
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