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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15th April 2021

NACAG signs Grant Agreement with Zimbabwean fertilizer company Sable Chemical Industries Ltd.

Zimbabwean fertilizer producer Sable Chemicals and NACAG have signed a grant agreement to purchase and install greenhouse gas abatement technology and monitoring equipment for the production facility in Kwekwe in central Zimbabwe. According to the agreement, Sable Chemicals will receive financial support to mitigate and monitor nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions arising from the nitric acid…

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9th April 2021

Thailand commits to climate-friendly nitric acid production

On Thursday, 8 April 2021, Thai Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-arch signed the Statement of Undertaking (SoU), committing to reduce N2O emissions in the country’s nitric acid industry. During the signing ceremony in Bangkok, attended by the German Ambassador to Thailand Georg Schmidt, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) confirmed…

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