Bangladesh’s ‘green brick’ efforts get global recognition

21 Jun 2012

Rio de Janeiro: Efforts by Bangladesh to introduce green technology in the brick industry, the country’s largest stationary source of greenhouse gas emissions, are getting global recognition at the Rio+20 Summit which kicked off in Brazil on Wednesday.

The initiative to reduce carbon emissions from brick production was showcased as a win-win-win initiative by a least developed country, at a Rio+20 inter-country side event organized by various governments on June 19, 2012.

The technology introduced by the UNDP-GEF funded Green Brick project can reduce GHG emissions in the industry by 40 per cent and has so far reduced more than 35,000 tonnes of CO2 from its six demonstrative brick kilns.

The session was co-chaired by Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), Bangladesh and Dr. Bui Cach Tuyen, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment, Vietnam.

Saber Hossain Chowdhury observed that proactive action such as the Green Brick project could be emulated by the rest of the developing world.

Bangladesh’s presentation showed how the Green Brick project works towards:

i) Reducing greenhouse gas emissions ii) Introducing and contextualizing energy efficient green technology conserving natural resources iii) Providing “green jobs” for poverty alleviation.

The meeting was attended among others by Dr. Q. K. Ahmad, Chairman, Convenor of National Rio+20 Drafting Committee, Prof. Ainun Nishat, VC, BRAC University, Mesbah ul Alam, Secretary, MoEF and Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr. Atiur Rahman among high level officials of other states.

Vietnamese Minister Dr. Tuyen concluded the session by saying that UNDP country offices in both countries can continue to play a vital role since the process has already been successfully initiated. The event was supported by the UNDP Bangladesh and Vietnam country offices.

UNDP Bangladesh, one of the largest country offices of the global development network has been here since 31 July, 1972. Drawing upon its global network, UNDP helps the people and Government of Bangladesh to develop their capacity to meet development challenges through initiatives that link advocacy, policy advice, and projects

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