Achieving Decarbonization Without Sacrificing Resilience

Scott Masiella, 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.


Scott manages the life sciences portfolio of products and solutions for Trane Technologies including Farrar rate freezers and storage freezers, walk in freezers and integration of core technology into Life Sciences. As part of Trane Technologies, he embraces the goal of reducing the world’s carbon emissions by 1 gigaton by 2030. Scott has traveled internationally to understand the needs, concerns, and problems that confront biological storage in labs, manufacturing facilities, and biorepositories. Conflicts between sample security and sustainability are at the forefront of nearly everyone’s mind.

With more than 20 years of experience while holding positions of progressively increasing responsibility in engineering and product management, Scott has gained deep understanding of how to apply innovative technologies, techniques, and products to solve key customer problems. Recognizing the challenge of adopting sustainable practices and tools without compromising quality, can be daunting, he has collaborated with numerous teams to provide cutting edge solutions that contribute to achieving their sustainability goals. Scott holds BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in Boston Massachusetts.


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