Regional dialogue for more energy efficiency in the brick industry
South Asia’s brick industry is burning up too much energy, contributing to a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Experts on energy efficiency and environment will meet with brick producers in Dhaka for a regional dialogue organized by adelphi to discuss future options.
More than half of South Asia’s buildings are made of bricks. They are used for residential or office structures as well as for the construction of streets or drainage systems. But the production process is outdated and the industry is consuming too much energy. In India more than 24 million tonnes of coal are needed to achieve an output of 140 million bricks which results in 42 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
adelphi initiates a dialogue on behalf of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), which brings together experts from India, Nepal and Bangladesh in Dhaka from 22 to 24 May. This regional meeting is held in the context of the Regional Energy Efficiency Programms (REEP) and intends to start a discourse and exchange of best energy efficiency practices in the brick industry, including the usage of so-called green bricks in the construction sector. The dialogue will focus on the most important factors, determining the energy efficiency of the sector, namely technology and its availability, political framework conditions, as well as awareness raising and marketing.