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The Catalytic Coalition: Eliminating the Worst Greenhouse Gases Ever Made

Date/Time: May 4, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT)

According to Project Drawdown, adopting end of life strategies for old refrigerants (e.g., CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs) will prevent the release of 57.7 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) into the atmosphere. According to a recent MIT study, emissions from the remaining stocks of CFCs alone is equivalent to 9 gigatons of CO2. These gases will leak into the atmosphere unless they are identified, collected and destroyed.

Vast amounts of old refrigerants are deployed in chillers and cooling systems. Invariably, large corporations with a portfolio of facilities and refrigerated processes or supply chains will have significant volumes of these gases under their custody and control. Without even realizing it, companies are stewards of these potent GHGs which are at risk of being released into the atmosphere. The webcast will shine a light on this problem, explore opportunities to address it, and illustrate the vital role companies can play.

In this hour-long webcast, you'll learn:

  • Why refrigerant management is a necessary and vital strategy for preventing the climate crisis.
  • The scope of the refrigerant problem that we are facing globally.
  • How companies can provide leadership to address this problem by converting high GWP cooling systems to low GWP systems.
  • How solving the problem will create energy and operational efficiencies.
  • How commitments from major corporations can address this problem at scale.
  • How carbon markets, and a commitment to carbon offsetting, are necessary to drive this work. 


  • Shana Rappaport, Senior Vice President & Executive Director, VERGE, GreenBiz Group


  • Kirsten Love, Director, Market Development, Tradewater
  • Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown
  • Megan Lickley, Post Doctoral Associate, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sean Kinghorn, Global Sustainability Leader, Intuit

If you can't tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast.


Megan Lickley

Post Doctoral Associate, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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