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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29th June 2020

NACAG successfully on track in spite of Covid-19

Despite the global pandemic of Covid-19, NACAG successfully continues its endeavours to facilitate the phasing out of N2O emissions in the nitric acid sector. The NACAG Secretariat continues to work with governments and nitric acid producers to support the installation of N2O abatement technology and the adoption of policies or other measures which ensure long-term…

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23rd April 2020

The NACAG Secretariat is very excited to announce that Georgia has officially committed to a climate friendlier nitric acid production

In March, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia has officially signed the Statement of Undertaking of NACAG. With this document, Georgia becomes the fourth country committing to implement appropriate political measures to permanently ensure mitigation of industry related N2O emissions resulting from the production of nitric acid by the year 2024. Georgia’s…

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