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Tradewater at COP27: “The Urgent Climate Crisis You’ve Never Heard of”

It’s no secret that carbon dioxide emissions are worsening the climate crisis. But what you might not know is that there are other ozone depleting substances, such as old refrigerants and other potent gases, that have a global warming potential that is up to 10,000 times higher than carbon dioxide emissions.
It’s critical to control and destroy these harmful gases before they are released into the atmosphere. And that’s precisely what Tradewater is hyper focused on – preventing the escape methane and harmful refrigerants before they’re leaked into the atmosphere.
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Tim Brown, CEO and co-founder of Tradewater, joined the COP27 Climate Hub on November 14 to talk about the importance of Tradewater’s climate action.

During the UN climate conference COP27, Tradewater participated in the Climate Hub, an on-site and digital broadcast hosted by We Don’t Have Time, from Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. CEO and co-founder Tim Brown joined the conversation to talk about Tradewater’s climate solutions.
Currently, it is estimated that the equivalent of over 9 billion tons of carbon dioxide, in the form of refrigerant (CFC) gases, are scattered across the globe. These potent gases are at risk of leaking from their decaying containers into the atmosphere—and pose an urgent and significant threat to our planet. Tradewater, with the support of their partners, is the only company working to address this critical issue on a global scale.
Tim says, “Our reason for being is to collect, control, and destroy these greenhouse gases, and we’re trying to do that at the highest scale we can, as fast as we can. It is our belief that this is the best thing we can do to prevent the climate crisis.”
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Tim Brown, CEO and co-founder of Tradewater, live from the COP27 Climate Hub in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

As Tim explains, “A big victory in the environmental world has been the Montreal Protocol, which banned the production of ozone-depleting substances. But they didn’t ban the use, and they didn’t have an end-of-life strategy associated with the Protocol, so there’s a lot of these gases that were made a long time ago that have not been deployed, that are stockpiled and distributed broadly around the world.”
The destruction methods that Tradewater employs are approved under the Montreal Protocol, and have a 99.99% efficiency rate. These processes are permanent, meaning that the refrigerants will be permanently destroyed once collected. They are also additional — in the absence of end-of-life mandates, if Tradewater doesn’t do the work, no one else will.
Tradewater has an ambitious goal to collect, control, and destroy 3 million tons of non-CO2 greenhouse gases in 2023, and is challenging their growing community to get involved.
Preventing catastrophic climate change is everyone's business, and there is no time to waste. If you would like to know how you can do your part in supporting their critical climate solutions, you can find out more at

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  • Sarah Chabane

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    Tradewater's mission is key to solving the climate crisis, we need to talk more about this issue!

    • Tabitha Kimani

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      All this substances contributing harmful elements should be stopped.

      • Kevin Waweru

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        CO2 emissions need to be addressed ASAP.


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          It is an important aspect of climate change that needs to be addressed.

          • Ford Brodeur

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            Great article! I enjoyed seeing that Tradewater has an ambitious goal to collect, control, and destroy 3 million tons of non-CO2 greenhouse gases in 2023.

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