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Decarbonization - What, Where, and How to Make an Impact

November 09, 2021


Customers, cities, states, and countries across the globe are taking action to reduce their carbon emissions. In the U.S.A. there is an increasing number of cities and states poised to adopt policy targeted at the reduction of emissions. Buildings are a huge target for emissions reductions as they consume 40% of primary energy in the US1. Consulting Engineers can play a key role in helping customers down the path of decarbonization. This session will introduce the topic of decarbonization including why it’s needed for a sustainable future, where the grid is already getting greener, as well as potential electric solutions design teams can employ to help their customers.  

Decarbonization - What, Where, and How to Make an Impact

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the concept and goals of decarbonization
  • Understand the impact of regional decarbonization policy on customer or market priorities
  • Identify system design improvement strategies where Consulting Engineers can help their customers reduce carbon emissions
  • Discover various HVAC technology solutions that support a decarbonization strategy, such as VRF, air-source heat pumps and chiller heaters

Meet the Speakers

Charles Jelen
Decarbonization Program Manager
Trane Commercial North America

Charles is the 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. As the decarbonization program manager Charles has responsibility for key account decarbonization and customer project support across North America.

Matt Brunner
Ductless Sales Specialist
Trane Commercial North America

Matt Brunner heads up the VRF & Ductless group for Trane New England based out of the Boston office.  He’s been involved in bringing VRF to the greater Boston area since 2016 and has watched the market grow from a niche product to a crucial piece of decarbonization initiatives. Strategic electrification is critical to policy at the local and state level and Matt assists consulting engineers and architects in adapting sustainable, all-electric design. Matt holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. A self-proclaimed tree hugger; Matt enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors.

Jackie Sopko
Arctic Product Manager
Trane Commercial North America

Jackie is a Product Manager based out of Pueblo, Colorado.  She has worked for Trane supporting chillers since 1997. Currently she is the Product Manager for the Arctic integration with a focus on products that support electrification.  During her time at Trane she has had a number of different positions; Technical Support Engineer, Water-cooled and Air-cooled Chiller Product Manager.  This gives her a great foundation to support customers.  Jackie has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University – Pueblo and outside of work spending her free time traveling, camping, and 4-wheeling.

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