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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4th December 2019

NACAG changes eligibility criteria for Grant Programme

With a view to transforming global nitric acid production, NACAG is assisting nitric acid companies by means of a grant programme. The Secretariat is happy to announce that the eligibility of nitric acid plants for participation in the grant programme has been extended with immediate effect. The change concerns nitric acid plants which had previously…

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2nd December 2019

NACAG Side Event at COP25

The NACAG Secretariat is pleased to announce that a side event on the initiative will take place at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. The event titled “Innovative Finance for Nitrous Oxide Abatement” is taking place on Friday, December 6 from 12:00 to 13:30 at the IETA Pavilion. It will highlight the…

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