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A growing number of countries include the nitric acid sector in their Nationally Determined Contributions.

8th November 2021

A growing number of countries include the nitric acid sector in their Nationally Determined Contributions.

In the recent submissions of the updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement, Jordan and Pakistan included the commitment to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from the nitric acid sector.

Alongside these two countries, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Colombia, and Mexico have also covered the nitric acid sector in their current NDCs, some of them specifically naming the NACAG initiative.

NACAG works closely with the governments that have included the sector into NDC. Mexico, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe have also signed NACAG’s Statement of Undertaking, committing to climate-friendly nitric acid production. Colombia and Pakistan have signed the NACAG Declaration, expressing their support to the goals of the initiative. The willingness of governments to lower emissions in the sector is an essential step towards the climate-friendly industrial transformation.

Nationally Determined Contributions form the backbone of the Paris Agreement. The NDCs are the commitments of the signatory countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thus contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement. Under the Paris Agreement, countries are obliged to update their NDCs every five years, raising their climate ambitions (the so-called “ratchet mechanism”).

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