Second Nature and Tradewater have launched a partnership aimed at reducing one million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions by 2030. This initiative focuses on collecting, controlling, and destroying potent greenhouse gasses like chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which have a global warming potential significantly higher than CO2. The partnership will leverage higher education institutions to manage and destroy these harmful refrigerants. Many of these projects can generate high-quality carbon offsets that campuses could purchase. This collaboration is poised to make a substantial impact on climate change mitigation.

Charting Success in the 1 Million Tonne Quest

To date, four campuses have committed
to the campaign, and together, have achieved
an incredible impact of 320,214 tonnes!

This progress circle represents our collective journey towards achieving the ambitious goal of eliminating one million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions by 2030 through our 1 Million Tonne Campaign. 

As we embark on this mission, we encourage you to revisit this page regularly to view the real-time milestones made. We will track our progress and celebrate the impactful strides towards a cooler, greener future.

News and Projects Paving the Way

We are excited to announce that Pomona College has officially joined the 1M Tonnes Campaign; committing to this ambitious project. This collaboration aligns perfectly with Pomona’s long-standing dedication to sustainability, and a recent case study highlights its impressive track record of impactful climate action.

The case study details how Pomona College partnered with Patch to meet its stringent carbon neutrality goals by 2030. By sourcing and vetting high-integrity carbon credits, Patch helped Pomona build a comprehensive sustainability strategy, including operational changes and transparent reporting. Notably, Pomona’s support for Tradewater’s innovative projects, such as refrigerant destruction in the U.S. and Thailand, exemplifies its commitment to high-quality, impactful climate solutions. 


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].