Mitigating Black Carbon and Other Pollutants From Brick Production

This initiative aims to achieve substantial reductions of black carbon and other emissions from brick kilns, which are responsible for substantial air pollution in many cities of the world.

Under this initiative, the CCAC is encouraging the adoption of integrated approaches for cleaner brick production technologies through technical assistance, overviews of high energy efficient technologies, cost-benefit analyses, awareness raising activities, capacity building and implementation of pilot projects. 

Latest Results

The Bricks initiative has established a global task force to tackle this issue, with a knowledge platform, reports and an awareness-raising toolkit to help spread information. With the assistance of this initiative, Colombia and Mexico have established national strategies, and Mexico and Nepal have held regional workshops to promote more efficient technologies for brick production.

Initiative Partners

Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Nigeria, Peru, USA, Clean Air Task Force, Climate Works Foundation, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Association (IUAPPA), Stockholm Environment Institute  (SEI), the Molina Center for Energy and Environment, and World Bank.

Initiative Actors

Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación (COSUDE), Alternative Energy Promotions Centre (AEPC), Asociación de Productores de El Refugio, Bangladesh Brick Manufacturing Owners Association (BBMOA), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Brick Industry Improvement Project, Pakistan, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Centro de Innovación Aplicada en Tecnologías Competitivas (CIATEC), Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA), Clean Air Network Nepal, Clean Development Mechanisms Project, Australia, Clean Energy Alternatives Inc. (CEA), Colectivo Ecologista Jalisco (CEJ), Corporación Ambiental Empresarial (CAEM), Corporación Mexicana de Investigación en Materiales (COMIMSA), Departamento de Asuntos Atmosféricos, Chile, Department of Cottage and Small Industry, Nepal, Deustche Gesellshaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Dirección de Asuntos Ambientales, Colombia, Eco-Brick Technology, Nepal, EELA Project Representatives (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Mexico), Energy Efficiency Center in Nepal, Enzen Global Solutions Private Limited, Federal Ministry of Environment in Nigeria, Federation of Nepal Brick Industries , Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Gamatek, Greentech Knowledge Solutions (GKSPL), Habla Kilns, Industrial Energy Management in Nepal, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares in Mexico, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), International Centers for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Sustainability (ICATIS), Lalitpur Eita Association, Nepal, MinErgy, Ministry of Agriculture in China, National Environmental Protection Agency, Afghanistan, National Nuclear Reaserch Institute (ININ), Nepal Energy Efficiency Programme (NEEP), Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Secretary Environment & Forests, China, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC Energy Center), Stratus Consulting, Sustainable Construction Practices, Nepal, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ), Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP), Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (UAT), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM)University of Illinois,Valkyrie Energy LLC in Colombia, VSBK Association in Nepal, Xi´an Research & Design Institute of Wall and Roof Materials (CBMA) and Xtherm.