The Nitric Acid Climate Action Group

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a very potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 265 times higher that of carbon dioxide (CO2). One major source of N2O emissions is the production of nitric acid, which is used in the agricultural and in the mining sector.

Aiming at the climate-friendly transformation of the nitric acid sector at global scale, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) initiated the Nitric Acid Climate Action Group (NACAG). The objective of NACAG is to incentivize the installation of effective N2O abatement technology in every nitric acid plant worldwide. To this end, NACAG is offering partner countries technical and financial assistance.

According to our estimates, the global nitric acid sector has an annual emission reduction potential of 167 Mio tCO2e. The NACAG programme is equipped with financial resources to directly enable the reduction of 20 Mio. tCO2e.

The approach of the NACAG initiative reflects the paradigm of the Paris Agreement: Germany is providing climate finance while partner countries are encouraged to assume responsibility for emission reductions in the future.

As a global action group, NACAG is open for all countries to join, either as partner country or as donor.


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28th February 2020

NACAG Presented at Nitrogen & Syngas Conference

In February, the NACAG initiative was presented at the 34th Nitrogen and Syngas Conference in the Hague. Around 750 technical experts working in the nitrogen and syngas value chain from more than 50 countries visited the technical conference. This year’s event programme had a strong focus on climate and environmental topics. At the opening session…

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21st February 2020

Mexico becomes the first Latin American Country that commits to a climate friendlier nitric acid production

In February 2020, the Ministry of Environment of Mexico (SEMARNAT) signed the commitment to implement appropriate political instruments by the end of year 2024, to ensure that the use of mitigation technology will keep N2O emissions from the nitric acid production process to a minimum. German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze says: „We are very glad…

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