David Naccarato

21-Jun-2018, 2:00-2:30PM

Driving Washington’s Ultra-Low Carbon & Energy Infrastructure Goals: Transforming Talk Into Action; Goals Into Achievements; and Doing Good Rather Than Just “Feeling” Good

David Naccarato

Senior Business Development Manager
UMC Energy & Environment

The State of Washington, as with many other public, private and municipal agencies, have adopted aggressive energy efficiency, sustainability and carbon reduction goals. As admirable as this is, setting goals is easy. The real challenge is in achieving these goals in a way that is technologically, financially and operationally viable. This is complicated further given our national and regional grids are not particularly resilient, flexible, secure or suited for smart infrastructure or expanding distributed generation. Also, the renewable energy production suffers from wildly unpredictable and variable outputs. Additionally, current building design, procurement, contracting and construction provides little incentive for innovation, creativity, financial efficiency, sustainability or high-performance. Too often projects are designed, funded and implemented for their political appeal, rather than practical success. In many cases projects are designed to make constituents “feel good” rather than actually “doing good.” This presentation is designed to provide a practical, integrated and down-to-earth approach to achieving our high-performance infrastructure, sustainability and ultra-low carbon goals. We will present an innovative and phased approach, using multiple strategies and technologies that are intentionally designed to take advantage of current and future technologies. Most importantly, these are financially and operationally feasible. As for carbon, this strategy focuses on measuring carbon on a global impact scale – not just regionally. In doing so, source of materials, modes of manufacture, labor and other inputs are factored in to weigh the pros and cons of each potential solution. Believing that “truth is the combination of conflicting opinions,” by taking an objective and agnostic approach to this challenge, we can achieve practical and cost-effective solutions to our infrastructure and carbon goals, sooner rather than later.




Track: 1- Policy, Trends & Local Initiatives | Session: 1C- Energy Innovations and Sustainability in Transportation, Infrastructure & Buildings

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