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Key Issues

  • The brick making industry is a significant contributer to global warming.
  • In Asia the brick industry is one of the most significant sources of pollution.
  • The brick industry has been described as the single largest emitter of industrial black carbon in Asia.
  • The brick industry is a large emitter of both CO2 and black carbon (soot), this occurs due to the industries high use of coal and scavenged fuels and the outdated kiln technologies burning these fuels in an inefficient and ineffective manner (incomplete combustion).
  • The brick industry has a devastating effect on the environment and the health and wellbeing of kiln workers and the surrounding population.
  • The brick industry presents a multitude of problems, including antiquated technology, with incomplete combustion and inefficient fuel usage, land degradation, reduced crop yields, compromised food security, deforestation, poor work practices, respiratory illness, bonded and child labour.
  • The brick industry is generally associated with poor and marginalized workers.
  • Rapid urbanization and construction in developing countries is driving the demand for increased brick production and further usage of inefficient brick kilns.

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Cutting CO2 emissions in brick-making

The successful conclusion of the in-depth research study is a significant achievement for the Energy Efficient Clay Brick (EECB) Project, a CBA initiative funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented in South Africa by Swisscontact.

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