Decarbonization Bootcamp

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Sept 10 – 13, 2024


Knoxville, TN

ORNL MDF - 2350 Cherahala Blvd.


Would you like to reduce GHG emissions at your manufacturing facilities? Would you like to understand the key technologies and pathways and learn how to establish milestones for decarbonizing your energy systems and manufacturing processes?

Join us at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program’s Decarbonization Bootcamp on Sept 10 – 12 (optional science tours on Sept 13), 2024. This 3-day high-interactive workshop with facility tours, has been created to educate attendees on the fundamentals of carbon accounting, renewable energy, and how to establish a strategic approach to decarbonize manufacturing facilities.

The target audience for this course are individuals who are new to GHG emissions and passionate about decarbonizing manufacturing. It is also good for seasoned engineers who need a refresher on the fundamentals.  The sessions will engage participants on sharing with peers regarding the challenges and opportunities they face on decarbonization and work together to brainstorm solutions.

Attendees will also learn about DOE’s decarbonization software tools. The Bootcamp cover topics including: GHG accounting, renewable energy, low/no-carbon fuels, electrification, carbon capture and storage, and decarbonization roadmap development.  Specifically, participants will learn:

There will be an optional fourth day on Friday, Sept 13 where participants will have the opportunity to tour various facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, including ORNL’s Supercomputer, the Graphite Reactor, and the Building Technology Research and Integration Center. Other facility tours are integrated throughout the agenda.

Who Should Attend

This decarbonization-focused workshop is targeted specifically towards individuals who are relatively new to GHG emissions and are working on pathways to a zero-carbon future. Individuals who should also consider the workshop include sustainability managers and engineers who have been working on decarbonization for some time but are looking for opportunities to brainstorm with colleagues and experts on solutions for their facilities.


The registration fee is $215, which includes lunches/snacks for all days and a course workbook including presentation slides.

Please note that all registrations must be submitted by Mon, Aug 26, 2024. Foreign nationals must register by Mon, Jul 22, 2024, so that ORNL can complete security clearances.

Registration fees are refundable (minus a $50 administrative fee) until Mon, Aug 26, 2024.

Participation at the workshop will be limited to 65 individuals. Because of the limited spots, we can only allow up to 4 participants from each company. All registrants after the limit is reached will be put on the waitlist.

Logistics and Hotels

The nearest airport is Knoxville’s Tyson McGee Airport.  For lodging, there are multiple hotel options available in the Oak Ridge and West Knoxville (Turkey Creek) areas. Room blocks have been reserved at the Embassy Suites Knoxville West by Hilton. The deadline to reserve a room under the room block is Aug 9th. Participants can take an ORNL bus from hotels to the workshop from Tuesday to Thursday and from hotel to airport after the science tour on Friday.

Event Contacts

For question about the event or logistics, please contact any of the following individuals:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jennifer Travis, [email protected], 865-574-4506

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Wei Guo, [email protected]

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Thomas Wenning, [email protected]

Bootcamp participants