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 average annual emission reduction potential of 167 Mio tCO2e until 2030. The NACAG programme is equipped with financial resources to directly enable the reduction of 20 Mio. tCO2e from 2021 until 2025.

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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19th November 2020

Article on NACAG published in Nitrogen & Syngas Magazine

NACAG shows a strong presence in the latest issue of the industry magazine Nitrogen & Syngas. A background article on NACAG’s goals and achievements, as well as on the initiative’s support schemes has been published as a cover feature in the renowned publication. Furthermore, a recent interview on NACAG with State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth of…

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11th November 2020

Interview with State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth (BMU) on NACAG

In an interview with the magazine Carbon Mechanisms Review (CMR), State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth of Germany’s Environmental Ministry (BMU) presents the work of the Nitric Acid Climate Action Group. Mr. Flasbarth emphasises NACAG’s important role in the fight against climate change and specifically highlights the importance of transforming the nitric acid sector globally to reach…

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