Tradewater’s mission is to improve our environment and create economic opportunity through the collection, control, and destruction of potent, high impact greenhouse gases.
Tradewater believes that a company committed to cleaning up the environment can be just as successful – if not more so – than a company that achieves its goals without regard to environmental impact.
We are building Tradewater to prevent the emission of 3 million tons of greenhouse gases annually. All of our work is measured and verified by third-party auditors, resulting in high quality carbon offset credits.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Tradewater opposes systemic and institutional discrimination in all its forms, especially based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religion. We are committed to be an antiracist company – to be deliberate in recognizing our biases and to do our best to conduct our business in ways that are unbiased, that promote equity, and that overcome injustice and discrimination. We will use our power and resources to develop practices for hiring, training, procurement, and project development that seek to build a more equitable and just community. We will track and analyze our impact on the communities in which we work, and on the Tradewater community itself, and seek to make positive and lasting contributions.
Issues of social justice are directly linked to our mission to fight climate change. The climate crisis is a human rights issue. It is a justice issue. People of color, indigenous people, and other people impoverished or marginalized by systemic and institutional discrimination are particularly vulnerable to its effects. Like social justice issues, environmental abuse continues because of denial, neglect, and out of fear that addressing these problems will have dire economic consequences. We believe the opposite.
Tradewater will fulfill its mission to collect and destroy greenhouse gases in ways that simultaneously create economic opportunity. We will approach our work from the standpoint that correcting injustice and preventing on-going degradation will lead to healthier communities and bring about important and distributed economic development benefits.
In 2016, Tradewater is formed and a warehouse facility is built in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
In 2017, we developed our first project in Ghana, followed by a second project in 2018.
In 2018, we expanded into Latin America and formed RefriCazadores in 2019.
We revised international carbon offset protocols for the collection and destruction of old refrigerants with VERRA (2018) and the American Carbon Registry (2019).
We have grown from 6 to 30 employees over 4 years and injected over $28.8 million into the local economy so far.
In 2019, we reached 4,770,000
tons of CO2e destroyed.
Our projects help prevent runaway climate change by removing potent gases before they leak into our atmosphere. They are a key part of the IPCC’s pathway to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Learn more about Why This Work Matters Now.
Our refrigerant projects are conducted pursuant to scientifically reviewed protocols established by the California Air Resources Board, American Carbon Registry, and VERRA, and each project is independently audited to ensure full compliance. This work is ranked the number one approach to fight accelerated global warming, according to Drawdown.
Our mine methane projects destroy methane from abandoned coal mines following protocols established by the California Air Resources Board and are independently audited.
Tradewater’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and creating economic opportunity continually drives us to innovate.
We believe strongly that the international commitment to greenhouse gas reductions in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord establishes the necessary conditions for Tradewater to collect and destroy greenhouse gases before they reach the atmosphere. Therefore, we are building greenhouse gas collection networks all over the world.
In order to track, measure, and demonstrate the environmental impact of our projects, we are developing sophisticated data management and analysis systems.
Tradewater is expanding our portfolio of methane reduction projects. We are working on research and development efforts to identify new technology to eliminate methane emissions while creating value-added products.