Energy Efficiency Improvements in the India Brick Industry

What is the Project About

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The manufacturing of bricks typically using traditional firing technologies consume resources such as soil, energy and cause significant air pollution. The objective of this project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility is to promote the production of resource efficient bricks. 

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What have we accomplished so farPhoto: UNDP India
  • Market linkage support has been provided to nine REB units which have increased the production of REBs by about 150 percent in last five years, producing 106.3 million bricks. Energy saved during production translates to 12,294 tCO2 of reduction in GHG emission.

  • The REBs have been included in the procurement schedule of Punjab Public Works Department, Government of Punjab.

  • Over 30 workshops and seminars have been organized during which more than 1000 engineers, architects, brick producers, developers, government officials and other stakeholders have been trained.

  • A study entitled “Market assessment for Resource Efficient Bricks: Present Production and Future Markets” has been commissioned.

  • Five model project reports have been prepared as templates for availing of loans from financial institutions.

  • The project is providing technical assistance and REB equipment to three brick kilns in Hisar (Haryana), Solan (Himachal Pradesh) and Amritsar (Punjab).

  • The project is helping 25 conventional brick producing units to develop bankable investment plans to establish REB production.

  • An audio-visual Bricking a Greener India (8 minutes and 30 seconds in length) is being produced to create awareness and promote the use of REBs.

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility US$ 0.70 million 
Others US$ 2.00 million 

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2015 67,629.13
2014 Nil
2013 Nil
2012 US$ 39,954
2011 US$ 124,625
2010 US$ 118,605