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Some staggering facts you may not know:
1. Non-CO2 gases account for nearly half of all global warming from human activity since 1970.
2. Once non-CO2 gases are released into the atmosphere, they quickly do their damage and cannot be removed through nature-based solutions or other technologies the way CO2 can.
3. We must limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial times to prevent catastrophic climate change, and we are inching closer to that number at a rapid rate—and we won't be able to achieve that target without an immediate reduction of non-CO2 gases.
Here comes the really scary part: almost no one is doing anything to actively prevent non-CO2 gases from entering the atmosphere.
Why is there so little government funding available to address these potent non-CO2 gases, or priorization of this issue? The answer is complicated, but in short, there is no end-of-life mandate for these gases and the work is complex, since these gases are aggregated in small quantities in every corner of the globe. Nonetheless, it is critical they are addressed now—and we are on it.
Tradewater is a project development B-Corp based out of Chicago and operating all over the world that has identified a pathway to collect, control, and destroy these greenhouse gases at scale—and you can help. Check us out at tradewater.us to learn more.
  • Tabitha Kimani

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    The subject is complex but a long journey starts with one step. Hopefully other stakeholders will join in solving the CFCs.

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    • Petter Körnemark

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      Interesting facts. Do some countries have more Non-CO2 gases than others? If so, which ones?

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      • Markus Lutteman

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        Hi, thanks for sharing this. A question: How can you (and hopefully other companies) destroy these non-CO2 gases at scale?

        • Tradewater

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          @markus_lutteman_141 thank you for asking. We utilize the voluntary carbon market to fund our efforts to work with individuals, governments and businesses to identify and collect refrigerant all over the world. We've worked to co-develop methodologies that make it possible to collect these CFCs in developing countries, as well as allow for the export of these controlled gases across borders for destruction to countries with compliant facilities. Since many of these source countries don’t have sufficient destruction capacity, it’s essential to develop a rigorous process to ensure safe transportation and adherence to multinational agreements through the Basel Convention. This innovation made it possible to address an urgent threat by preventing these potent gases from being released into the atmosphere. We are also addressing the methane issue by identifying orphaned wells in the U.S. and working with landowners and local companies to safely and permanently plug these wells.

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        • Sarah Chabane

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          This is great that you are taking on this mission, but it seems like we need more than one Tradewater to fix this issue! Are you also pushing for legislation to be implemented on this matter?

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          • Tradewater

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            @sarah_chabane we have not yet delved into policy directly, but have helped develop methodology that addresses the complexities in the work—so that we can do more of it. Legislation that supports these efforts would certainly be beneficial, but we have developed a pathway that works for now. Buy in at all levels will aid in scaling up the work at the level necessary to tackle these gases appropriately!

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          • Ford Brodeur

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            I'm glad that Tradewater is operating worldwide to tackle this problem!

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