Energy Efficiency Improvements in the India Brick Industry

What is the Project About

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 far
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  • Encouraged to continue production of Resource Efficient Brick production in 9 traditional brick producing units by providing market development support

  • Technical support papers prepared and provided to relevant committee for revising the Bureau of Indian Standards to include REBs

  • Tests were carried out at accredited laboratories that confirmed REBs conform to the existing BIS standards on physical and thermal parameters

  • Preparatory activities initiated to get REBs included in procurement guidelines of Public Sector Units

  • Developed 5 model Detailed Project Reports for REB manufacturing ranging from 3 to 20 million bricks per year and they have been approved by Karnataka State Finance Corporation for lending

  • Reached out to 930 brick entrepreneurs, architects, builders, government officials, central and state public works departments, Bureau of Indian Standard, Central and State urban development bodies, National Building Code and Military Engineering Services

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility US$ 696,448
Co-financing US$ 1,999,000

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





Project Overview
Project Start Date:
June 2009
Estimated End Date:
December 2016
Geographic Coverage:
Karnataka, Punjab and Neighbouring Region
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
Goal 7, Goal 11
Project Officer:
S N Srinivas
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), brick kiln entrepreneurs, brick industry associations, technology suppliers, financial institutions and banks
  • Brick production in India consumes 24 million tons of coal, accounting for 4.5 percent of the total GHG emissions in India
  • Project identified Resource Efficient Bricks (REB) as key intervention to make brick production resource sensitive as the intervention can not only reduce energy by 20% but also reduce soil erosion by about 20% and also reduce air pollution
  • Efforts are ongoing to include revised guidelines to include REBs in Bureau of Indian Standards which enables introduction of REBs in public sector procurement guidelines