Wednesday, March, 29 | 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Session: C1: Decarbonization | Track C: The Path to a Clean Energy Future

James Dodenhoff

Silent Running Energy | Principal

Presentation Title:

Enterprise-Wide Decarbonization of an Industrial Asset Set


According to NetZeroTracker, more than 300 large publicly traded companies headquartered in the United States have pledged to be carbon neutral, reach zero carbon emissions, and/or significantly reduce carbon emissions within the next 25 years. This presentation will focus on the commitments and actions taken by firms operating primarily within the Industrial Sector.

The approach to decarbonization in the Industrial Sector is necessarily more complex than approaches to the residential or commercial sector, given the scope of manufacturing and industrial processes across an enterprise. Even within a single industrial production or manufacturing site, there are often multiple and complex processes with unique energy consumption profiles-----and GHG emission characteristics. Yet, decarbonizing the Industrial Sector is critical as it comprises more than 30% of U.S. primary energy-related CO2 emissions.(DOE Industrial Decarbonization RoadMap)

The presenters will discuss specific initiatives industrial firms are taking to reduce GHG emissions at major industrial locations, inclusive of lower carbon fuel sources, process heating and recovery, water/wastewater management, electrification, digitization, efficient motors and drives, electrochemical processes, renewable energy deployment, and energy efficiency measures. Industrial decarbonization strategies will be considered against the following variables: a) Technology, b) Degree of Automation, c) Plant/Process Vintage, d) Geography/Climate, e) Regulatory Requirements, and f) Workforce Skills and Development. The presenters will also explore opportunities to scale across facilities through vertical markets, chemical processes, and industrial processes. The presenters will also analyze industrial decarbonization from a risk management standpoint. Which industrial processes and operations carry the most potential for spontaneous carbon emissions? How can these risks be mitigated in the planning and incident response phases?

The presenters will share best practices and lessons learned in the industrial decarbonization journey.


Drawing from over 30 years of successful experience in the energy and environmental services industry, Jim’s firm, Silent Running Energy, guides clients through the most recent technology developments and regulatory guidelines to provide optimal sustainability and energy solutions. He focuses on renewable energy project development, energy efficiency program management, and equity in clean energy programs. Jim has presented at many AEE Conferences, most recently presenting at the 2022 AEE West conference on “Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS’s): Risk Mitigation for Who and What?”. He also has provided three AEE On-Line Webinar Training on 1) Time of Use Rate Structures, 2) the Time Value of Energy Efficiency, and 3) Net Energy Metering for Behind the Meter Renewables: A Global Survey. Jim has an M.B.A. in Strategy/Finance from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science in Energy Studies/Mechanical Engineering from Brown University.

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