Developing and Evaluating Energy Justice Metrics for Early-Stage Materials Research

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Materials science is a central component of early-stage research and development of virtually all clean energy technologies. But as much as material breakthroughs often hold the key to high efficiencies, long lifetimes, and high stability in eventual devices, early-stage choices about material types, structures, and processing can also serve to lock in long-term social and equity impacts of deployed energy technologies. Thus, to achieve a just and sustainable energy transition, tools to assess the energy justice impacts of early-stage materials research are critical. Here, we discuss development of the Justice Underpinning Science and Technology Research (JUST-R) metrics framework - a suite of metrics targeted at early-stage researchers to assess energy justice considerations in their work. The framework is evaluated for its appeal to researchers and effectiveness at promoting integration of energy justice into research through case studies, which reveal its ability to broaden researcher perspectives and key avenues for future improvement.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages36
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting and Exhibit, 26 November - 1 December 2023, Boston, Massachusetts

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5K00-88133


  • energy justice
  • integration
  • JUST-R
  • material types
  • metrics
  • research


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