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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16th April 2019

NACAG Welcomes Zimbabwe as New Partner Country

In March 2019, the Government of Zimbabwe has formally joined the Nitric Acid Climate Action Group by signing the initiative’s Declaration and Statement of Undertaking on ministerial level. This step follows a workshop held in December 2018 in Harare and a visit by the NACAG Secretariat at Zimbabwe’s nitric acid production plant operated by Sable…

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11th April 2019

The NACAG Secretariat executed a workshop in Mexico with representatives of the nitric acid sector

In cooperation with the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and the National Association of Chemical Industries (ANIQ), the NACAG Secretariat in Mexico executed a workshop with representatives of the nitric acid sector. The event sought to commence a public-private dialogue on policy mechanisms for the regulation of nitrous oxide emissions. All participants expressed…

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