Achieving Decarbonization Without Sacrificing Resilience

Trevor Joelson, Trane Technologies
Charles Jelen, Trane Technologies

Labs increasingly seek to reduce operational emissions to meet environmental objectives aligned with key stakeholders. When initiating a low-carbon lab development effort, whether in the design or retrofit stage, the resilience of the operations must remain paramount. In this session, Trane Technologies will address the four key principles of built environment decarbonization: 1) energy efficiency; 2) electrification; 3) refrigerant management; and 4) renewable energy. Best practices for each principle will be shared while simultaneously demonstrating the outcomes on a critical lab environment based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Attendees of this session will learn effective strategies for staging decarbonization and get insights on technologies and methods available to eliminate or offset the most hard-to-abate emissions. The presentation will conclude with an executive summary and an overview of emerging financial tools available to achieve carbon neutrality without capital and in a cash flow positive model.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon viewing this presentation, attendees will be prepared to have a meaningful conversation with key stakeholders regarding strategies for reducing operational emissions;
  • Attendees will learn about the four key principles of built environment decarbonization: energy efficiency, electrification, refrigerant management, and renewable energy;
  • Upon viewing this presentation, attendees will understand effective strategies for staging decarbonization and eliminating or offsetting emissions; and
  • Attendees will become more aware of financial tools and resources to achieve carbon neutrality without capital investment.

Biographies:

Trevor Joelson is the Industrial lead for Trane's decarbonization program for key accounts. Through this program, Trevor collaborates with industrial customers to define their environmental sustainability objectives and establish initiatives and programs to reduce operational emissions through financially attractive and measurable projects.

Charles Jelen serves as decarbonization program manager based out of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has been involved in the development and support of HVAC systems for Trane since 2012. His areas of expertise are in hydronic systems, refrigerants, system modeling, and decarbonized system designs including the electrification of heating.

 

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