Tradewater’s mission is to improve our environment and create economic opportunity through the collection, control, and destruction of potent, high impact greenhouse gases.
We find and destroy some of the most potent greenhouse gases before they are released into the atmosphere, avoiding tons of greenhouse gas emissions, measured in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), every year. That’s why Project Drawdown ranks refrigerant disposal as the number one approach to fight accelerated global warming.
tons of CO2e destroyed so far
countries Tradewater is active in across the globe
stakeholders through which we are contributing to local economies
ozone molecules are saved by destroying 1 molecule of CFC
molecules of CO2 can be avoided through the destruction of 1 CFC molecule
Why are refrigerant gases a problem?
Refrigerant gases that are allowed to leak into the atmosphere cause environmental harm in two different ways. This is what Tradewater seeks to avoid. If you want to learn more about disposing of your refrigerant through us, click here!
Deplete the Ozone Layer:
Chlorinated refrigerants, such as CFCs and HCFCs, that leak into the atmosphere deplete the ozone layer. The gases decompose into smaller particles and react with the ozone layer, accelerating its decomposition and creating a big hole. This hole has devastating effects on every living organism on the planet.
Contribute to Climate Change:
Refrigerant gases are also potent greenhouse gases with very high global warming potential (GWP). For example, one gram of R-12 (CFC-12) contributes to climate change up to 10,000 times more than one gram of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Why this work matters?: In 2020, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reported that old equipment (such as refrigerators, cooling systems, stockpiled refrigerant and building insulation foams) that was manufactured before the global phaseout of CFC’s is still leaking gas into the atmosphere. These existing CFC banks hold the equivalent of 9 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide that could be released. Read more here.
How does Tradewater help solve this problem?
1. We find it. We seek and identify CFC and HCFC refrigerant gases around the world. If you have refrigerant gases that you would like to dispose of, click here to learn how.
2. We acquire it. Once identified, we proceed to confirm, collect and acquire these refrigerant gases wherever the conditions allow.
3. We dispose it. Once we collect a sufficient amount, we work with authorized waste managers and carefully selected destruction facilities to ensure the refrigerant is safely destroyed and prevented from leaking into the atmosphere.
4. We produce carbon offset credits. Through internationally recognized protocols and third-party verification processes, we generate carbon offset credits from the avoided greenhouse gas emissions.
We keep going
Each sale of carbon offset credits allows us to finance the search for and disposal of more harmful refrigerant in a positive cycle.
What are carbon offset credits?
A carbon offset credit is, in essence, a certificate that confirms that greenhouse gases were either collected and destroyed or sequestered from the atmosphere. A carbon offset credit represents the equivalent of one metric ton of carbon dioxide that was either prevented from being released into the atmosphere or was removed from the atmosphere altogether.
Giving Green has rated our carbon offset program as a leader in producing the highest quality carbon credits available in the carbon offset market. We make it easy for you to discover your carbon footprint with our carbon offset calculator.
If you are interested in seeing your carbon footprint and purchasing the carbon credits we produce, click here.
Accelerated greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are contributing to climate change.
Mitigation of GHG can be done in two different ways:
Direct removals, such as a forest that captures CO2 and removes it from the atmosphere.
Preventing emissions, with initiatives such as Tradewater, that prevent a GHG emission to occur.
= 1 TON OF CO2
Carbon credits are used by organizations or stakeholders that want to offset their carbon footprint and can not reduce to zero or avoid their emissions.
Our Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)
Our projects support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Climate Action (13), Responsible Consumption and Production (12), and No Poverty (1).
SDG 13, Climate Action: the phase-out to date of most ODS has not only led to the regeneration of the ozone layer but also to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), as most ODS are also powerful GHGs. By identifying, collecting, managing, and destroying refrigerant gases in an appropriate manner, Tradewater’s global efforts have prevented the emission of thousands of tons of CO2e into the atmosphere preventing their negative environmental impacts: ozone depletion, and climate change.
SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production: our projects support the collection and destruction of CFC and HCFC refrigerant gases, which are some of the most powerful greenhouse gases in the world, paving the way to the development and use of safer and more environmentally friendly alternatives.
SDG 1, No Poverty: our projects contribute to the economic development of the countries where we perform our work, like Ghana, Chile, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. We finance local partners to find and handle the ODS material that they have identified and collected, as well as partner with those who transport the ODS material within each country, creating job opportunities at the local level. Click here to learn more about our work around the world.
Join the Effort
Our goal is to destroy some of the most potent greenhouse gases before they are released into the atmosphere. Help us fight global warming and ozone depletion by being a part of a climate solution that will ensure a healthy environment for generations to come.
We Acquire your Refrigerant Gas
If you own or possess different types of refrigerant gases, such as CFC or recovered R22, we want to make you an offer! Follow the link below for quick and easy steps to get an offer.