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.

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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8th February 2019

Indonesia becomes latest partner country of NACAG

The Government of Indonesia has signed the NACAG Declaration, becoming the latest country to join the climate action group. Mr. Dwiwahjono, Director General at the Indonesian Ministry of Industry, has signed the Declaration in January 2019, thereby affirming Indonesia’s support for NACAG’s goals. The NACAG Secretariat will now provide both the Indonesian Government and the…

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24th January 2019

Argentina formally joins NACAG

In August 2018, Argentina formally joined the Nitric Acid Climate Action Group by signing the initiative’s Declaration. Against this background, in December 2018 the NACAG Secretariat visited all three nitric acid production facilities located in Argentina. Accompanied by a representative of the Sustainable Development Unit of the Ministry of Production, the NACAG Secretariat conducted a…

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