Registration open for IHEA’s Industrial Heating Decarbonization SUMMIT


Registration is open for the Industrial Heating Equipment Association’s (IHEA) Industrial Heating Decarbonization SUMMIT October 28-30 at the Conrad Indianapolis. Attendance for this distinctive event is limited so early registration is highly recommended.

The two-day SUMMIT will tackle the decarbonization challenges in the industrial heating industry.

“IHEA’s Industrial Heating Decarbonization SUMMIT is the most comprehensive collection of information regarding sustainability and decarbonization within the industry,” said Chad Spore, John Deere’s Enterprise Materials Engineering Supervisor, Metals – Region 4.  “You will walk away with confidence on how to take on this challenge within your business.”

The SUMMIT is designed to assist everyone using heat technologies to understand and overcome important concerns and provide potential solutions as manufacturers plan for a sustainable future. The program contains topics that will inform and guide attendees in their journey to decarbonization, while a host of tabletop exhibitors will offer products and services that assist the industry in finding pathways to offset carbon emissions and a variety of alternative solutions.

The following SUMMIT program outline includes sessions titles only. For complete details and speaker information on each session, go to:

The Energy-Carbon Connection

  • Energy Consumption and the Resulting Carbon Emissions
  • The Scopes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Efficiency in Combustion Processes

  • Reducing Fuel Consumption
  • Selecting the Best Ancillary Equipment
  • The Impact of Automation and Controls

Resources & Programs

  • DOE Programs and Tools
  • ISO 50001 & 50001 Ready Program

Benchmarking – A Global Perspective

  • The State of Decarbonization in Europe
  • The State of Decarbonization in Japan

Pathways to Decarbonization

  • Combustion Processes & Electrical Processes
  • Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS)

Alternatives to Fossil Fuel Combustion

  • Low Carbon Fuels & Hydrogen
  • An Overview of Direct Vs. Indirect Electrification

Reaching Net-Zero

  • Reducing, Converting, and Trading to Get to ZERO Carbon

Industry Adoption

  • Economic & Business Concerns
  • Grants and Funding Sources
  • Codes and Legislation
  • The Risk of Doing Nothing

Collaboration for Decarbonization Panel

Tabletop exhibition

The event includes a two-day tabletop exhibition where attendees can visit with suppliers to learn more about the products and services that will help them navigate the decarbonization efforts. The unique IHEA approach to sustainable solutions is a comprehensive mix of currently available technologies as well as developing technologies that will allow companies to reduce carbon footprints now while planning for a net-zero future. Tabletops and sponsorships are available on the event website,

The 2024-25 IHEA Board of Directors: Back row, left to right; John Stanley, Bob Fincken, Gary Berwick, Brian Kelly, Scott Bishop, Doug Glenn, and Jeff Rafter. Front row, left to right; Jeff Valuck, Ben Gasbarre, Helen Tuttle, IHEA Executive Vice President Anne Goyer, Jason Safarz, and John Podach. Not pictured: Michael Stowe.

2024-25 board of directors and officers announced

IHEA recently announced its 2024-25 board of directors and executive officers. Taking over as president is Jeff Rafter of Selas Heat Technology Co. LLC; vice-president is Gary Berwick of Dry Coolers, Inc., and treasurer is Jason Safarz of Karl Dungs, Inc. Brian Kelly of Honeywell Thermal Solutions assumes the past president position.

Jeff Rafter has been an active member of IHEA since 2020, participating on the Marketing Communication & Membership Committee, as well as speaking on multiple topics at IHEA’s Combustion and Safety Standards and Codes seminars. Most recently, Rafter became chair of the Sustainability Committee as IHEA forges a sustainable path for the industrial heating industry.

“I am committed to continuing IHEA’s evolution into sustainability education and events to keep the organization at the forefront of energy transition,” Rafter said. “Through a leadership position on these challenging topics, we aim to increase value to the industry and grow membership.”

Finalizing the lineup of IHEA’s board of directors for 2024-2025, the following members continue their tenure: Scott Bishop, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Bob Fincken, Super Systems, Inc.; Ben Gasbarre, Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems; Doug Glenn, Heat Treat Today; John Podach, Fostoria Infrared; John Stanley, Karl Dungs, Inc.; Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy; Helen Tuttle, WS Thermal Process Technology Inc.; and Jeff Valuck, Surface Combustion, Inc.

In addition, IHEA is equally pleased to note the dedication and service of all members who serve on IHEA committees and divisions. Special appreciation goes to our current committee chairpersons: Sustainability Committee led by Jeff Rafter, Selas Heat Technology Co. LLC; Safety Standards and Codes Committee led by Jason Safarz, Karl Dungs, Inc.; Education Committee led by Brian Kelly, Honeywell Thermal Solutions; Marketing Communication & Membership Committee led by Doug Glen, Heat Treat Today. The Infrared Division is chaired by Marty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems; and the Induction Division is chaired by Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy.

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Calendar of Events

June 20
Sustainability & Decarbonization Webinar Series — Understanding Carbon Credits & Net Zero

July 18
Sustainability & Decarbonization Webinar Series — Industry Adoption: U.S. Codes & Standards

August 15
Sustainability & Decarbonization Webinar Series — Renewable Fuels

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