Sharon Nolen to Chair FederalCommittee on Climate

Sharon Nolen, Eastman's manager of global natural resources management, has been appointed chair of the federal Industrial Technology Innovation Advisory Committee (ITIAC) by US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. The committee aims to accelerate technologies and processes that reduce industrial emissions, with a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Sharon Nolen to Chair FederalCommittee on Climate

Sharon Nolen to Chair FederalCommittee on Climate

Sharon Nolen, manager of global natural resources management for Eastman, has been appointed chair of the federal Industrial Technology Innovation Advisory Committee (ITIAC) by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. The committee aims to accelerate technologies and processes that reduce industrial emissions, with a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Why this matters: The decarbonization of American industry is crucial for reducing the country's overall carbon footprint and meeting globalclimate change mitigation goals. Effective leadership and guidance from committees like ITIAC can significantly impact the pace and success of this transition.

Nolen grew up on a Middle Tennessee farm, where she learned sustainable living practices from a young age. She is an expert in energy and water management and has been a key leader in Eastman's strategy to mitigate climate change. Nolen is an Eastman Fellow, the highest rank for the company's scientists and engineers, and was recognized as International Energy Manager of the Year in 2019.

Throughout 2024, ITIAC will focus on understanding the Department of Energy's (DOE) current industrial decarbonization programs and developing recommendations to support or enhance its efforts. In 2025, the committee will deliver its recommendations to Congress on how to speed up decarbonization of American industry.

Nolen explained the committee's objectives, stating,"What we'll ultimately do is provide a report to Congress with our insight and perspective on the DOE's work to advance technologies that provide energy with fewer emissions, including technologies like green hydrogen, carbon capture utilization, and nuclear. We'll also be commenting on sector approaches and potential policies and funding allocations."

Eastman is committed to reducing its own carbon footprint and developing innovative products that can help customers reduce their carbon footprint. The company aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. "Our company is committed to reducing our own carbon footprint and developing innovative products that can help our customers reduce their carbon footprint," Nolen stated.

For Nolen, sustainability is a personal mission, driven by her desire to create a better future for her new granddaughter. "I want her to have the same opportunities to enjoy nature and the world around her. We need to act today to create that bright future."

With Nolen at the helm, the Industrial Technology Innovation Advisory Committee is poised to play a crucial role in shaping policies and recommendations to accelerate the decarbonization of American industry. Her expertise and personal commitment to sustainability make her well-suited to lead this important federal initiative as the nation works towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.