South-South Cooperation: Making the Brick Industry More Environmentally SustainableOct 23, 2016
UNDP and the House Building Research Institute (HBRI) held a joint policy dialogue about the transformation needed in the traditional brick sector, highlighting its significant contribution to air pollution, top soil loss (2840 million CFT/y) and CO2 emissions (11.59 million tons/y). Two Directors from China Ministry of Agriculture and Academy of Building Research shared the Chinese experience in making the brick industry more sustainable.
The participants spoke of a new vision: "Beyond Brick". The future in Bangladesh will focus on new, eco-friendly building materials, energy-efficient production, and materials that are light and resistant to earthquakes.
The erosion of top soil was universally decried as a threat to food security. Creative new solutions, including partnerships with the private sector and new market mechanisms, can help to shape a new direction for the industry.
UNDP has been working with Brick Sector since 2004 to promote “Green” Bricks. To enhance this further, it will continue to promote south-south cooperation between government of Bangladesh and China.
To learn more about the UNDP’s previous efforts in this area, click here.