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About BEES


The Board oversees a suite of activities and committees to provide expert advice through prestigious, independent, impartial and influential studies on complex issues in science, technology and public policy.


The Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) is a unit of the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) of the National Research Council (NRC). The National Research Council, the principal operating arm of the National Academies is a private, non-profit organization that provides science and technology advice under a congressional charter. Since 1975, the Board (formerly the Energy Engineering Board [EEB]) has conducted a diverse program of studies and related activities (workshops, symposia, etc.) to produce authoritative, independent recommendations about the science and technology aspects of public policy questions in energy, the environment, national security, and defense.


The Board conducts a program of studies and other activities to provide independent advice to the executive and legislative branches of government and the private sector on issues in energy and environmental technology, and related public policy. The Board directs expert attention to:

  • Energy supply and demand technologies and systems, including resource extraction through mining and drilling, energy conversion, distribution and delivery, and efficiency of use
  • Environmental consequences of energy related activities
  • Environmental systems and controls in areas related to fuels production, energy conversion, transmission, and use
  • Related issues in national security and defense

In its work, the Board mobilizes a wide range of expertise in engineering and the physical and social sciences. In pursuit of its goals, the Board develops strategic plans, meets with sponsors and other interested organizations to exchange ideas and information, and provides stewardship of sponsored activities involving studies, briefings, workshops, symposia, and a variety of information dissemination activities.