Our Mission

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.

Company Highlights

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 4,000,000 tons of CO2e destroyed.

Our Impact
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4,350,000 tons of CO2e destroyed to date
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More than 1,000,000 pounds of CFCs destroyed to date
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Each CFC molecule destroyed saves 100,000 molecules of ozone
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43 projects credited by the American Carbon Registry (ACR)
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2 projects credited by VERRA
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43 projects credited by the California Air Resources Board (ARB)
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Projects developed on three continents
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Over $28.8 million invested in communities
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A total of 71 verifications completed
Project Types

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.

icon-refrigerant Refrigerant

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.

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Our mine methane projects destroy methane from abandoned coal mines following protocols established by the California Air Resources Board and are independently audited.

Successful verification of 100% of our projects
Innovation

Tradewater’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and creating economic opportunity continually drives us to innovate.

International Scale

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.

Advanced Analysis

In order to track, measure, and demonstrate the environmental impact of our projects, we are developing sophisticated data management and analysis systems.

New Technology

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.

Black Lives Matter.

Tradewater stands in solidarity with our Black employees, families, friends, and the Black community. Recent events including the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are the culmination of centuries of injustice and violence towards Black people in our country.

We are working to oppose racism within ourselves, our communities and our institutions, and pledge to work harder to address racism, diversity, and difference within our community. Tradewater believes that Black Lives Matter.

We all have a part to play in correcting injustices perpetuated against the Black community. Climate change is one of many systems that disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Systemic racism cannot be dismantled overnight, but it must be addressed with the same focus and fervor as our fight against climate change. We have no time to waste.

The immediate steps we are taking include:

1. Creating and promoting staff trainings to address learned prejudice, unconscious bias, and discrimination in the workplace.

2. Sharing with each other Black-owned businesses to support, books on racism and anti-racism to read, ways to get involved in the protest movement or offer support to our communities, and organizations in need of donations.

3. Matching any donation staff makes through the month of June to these three organizations: Black Lives Matter; My Block, My Hood, My City; Chicago Community Bond Fund