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
  • 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