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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17th September 2019

NACAG Secretariat visits Peru

In September 2019, the NACAG Secretariat, in cooperation with the Peruvian Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) and the Ministry of Environment (MINAM), presented the initiative to private sector representatives and discussed the associated opportunities for the national nitric acid sector. A fruitful exchange took place regarding potential mechanisms to incentivize the use of N2O abatement technology…

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12th September 2019

NACAG Secretariat visits MICCO Nitric Acid Plant in Thai Binh, Vietnam

In August 2019, a Technical Advisor from the NACAG Secretariat together with Jörg Ruger, the First Secretary on Environment from the German Embassy in Hanoi, visited the nitric acid production line of MICCO in Thai Binh, a nitric acid-ammonium nitrate producer under theVietnam National Coal Mineral Industries Group (VINACOMIN). The main goal of the visit…

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