Second Nature and Tradewater are partnering to enable the higher education sector to eliminate 1 million tonnes of CO2e emissions by 2030 through the collection, control, and destruction of non-CO2 gases.

Refrigerants are potent greenhouse gases. Given their strong global warming potential, Project Drawdown ranks refrigerant management as one of the top solutions for mitigating climate change. This campaign aims to educate campuses on the impact of refrigerants (and other ozone-depleting substances) and motivate action to destroy gases at the end of their lifecycle. 

Click here to learn more about refrigerant management at the Solutions Center.



Below are some common questions about the campaign and answers to them. 

Which organizations are eligible to participate in this campaign?
Any higher education institution is eligible to participate. 

Are there any geographical constraints?  
None. Tradewater does refrigerant management and destruction projects all around the world. We can meet you where you’re at. 

If a campus works with another organization to manage refrigerant and/or purchase carbon offsets, does this count towards the 1 million tonne goal?
We applaud all efforts to manage potent refrigerants to prevent their emissions into the atmosphere and we celebrate support of high-quality carbon credits. Both are sorely needed. Tradewater destroys 100% of the legacy refrigerant they find and is the only company in the United States focused on the problem of legacy refrigerants solely from an environmental standpoint. For this campaign, only refrigerant management projects and carbon offset purchases through Tradewater will count towards the 1 million tonne goal.

How many tons of CO2e impact can be made through a typical on-campus refrigerant management project?

Legacy refrigerants have extremely high global warming potential (GWP) values. Some chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) warm the planet 10,000 times more than CO2 on a pound-for-pound basis! Because these gases are so potent, the positive impact of leak prevention is significant. An old industrial chiller has about 500 pounds of CFC refrigerant in it. Because of its high GWP, preventing that gas from leaking into the atmosphere is equivalent to preventing about 2,000 metric tonnes of CO2 from being emitted.  

Who should I talk to about pursuing projects?

Please reach out to Tradewater if you’re interested in exploring refrigerant destruction or carbon credit purchasing from refrigerant destruction projects. You can contact Eli at [email protected].

Tracking Progress

Coming soon! Projects will be added to a webpage to track projects towards the 1M goal!

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