A path for considering equity in early-stage research: NREL researchers develop a new tool to design more just technologies

Metrics in the JUST-R framework are organized across responsible research and innovation dimensions, tenets of energy justice, and technology readiness levels. This graphic shows all the metrics available for the earliest stage of research and development. Graphic by NREL

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Clean energy for all will not happen on its own. It will happen, in no small part, due to the efforts of researchers who think critically about the social impacts of their work from the very beginning.

That type of critical thinking is what helped National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers Nikita Dutta, Elizabeth Gill, Bettina K. Arkhurst, Mary Hallisey, and Kate Anderson develop a new tool for incorporating equity into renewable energy research. This tool, the Justice Underpinning Science and Technology Research (JUST-R) metrics framework, aims to help researchers think more about the social impacts of technologies from the earliest stages of research and development.

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