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21st February 2020

Mexico becomes the first Latin American Country that commits to a climate friendlier nitric acid production

In February 2020, the Ministry of Environment of Mexico (SEMARNAT) signed the commitment to implement appropriate political instruments by the end of year 2024, to ensure that the use of mitigation technology will keep N2O emissions from the nitric acid production process to a minimum.

German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze says: „We are very glad to welcome Mexico as the first Latin American Country that commits to a climate friendlier nitric acid production. With this important milestone, NACAG gets closer to its goal of transforming a whole sector”.

The signature of this commitment enables three nitric acid production facilities to receive financial support from the Nitric Acid Climate Action Group (NACAG). NACAG will subsidize 4 to 5 M€ in Mexico for the purchase and installation of N2O abatement technology in the existing nitric acid producing facilities willing to participate. This technology is capable of reducing up to 98% of N2O emissions emitted by one plant.

Mexico’s commitment represents an important milestone in the NACAG’s achievements in the Latin American Region. It also contributes to Mexico’s efforts towards fulfilling the climate targets set in the framework of the Paris Agreement.

All nitric acid producing plants located in Mexico have an impact on the climate equivalent to the emissions of 200,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

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