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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28th July 2021

Peru commits to the climate-friendly transformation of the nitric acid sector

On 27 July 2021, the Peruvian Ministers of Production and Environment signed NACAG’s Statement of Undertaking. The Government of Peru has thereby committed to take political measures to ensure permanent and efficient reduction of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from this sector from 2024 onwards. Following this step, nitric acid producers in Peru are eligible for financial…

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26th July 2021

Tender for the installation of N2O abatement technology at Sable Chemicals (Zimbabwe) published

NACAG´s partner plant operator in Zimbabwe, Sable Chemical Industries Ltd., has opened a call for international competitive bidding for the design, installation and commissioning of nitrous oxide (N2O) abatement technology (secondary catalyst) and emissions monitoring equipment at Sable’s nitric acid plants in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. Interested bidders may request the bidding documents via email from Sable…

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