Bricks can be seen everywhere in Nepal — they’re used to build homes, schools, shops, temples and even some roads. During the spring of 2015, Nepal was rocked by numerous earthquakes damaging more than a half million buildings and more than 7,000 schools and health facilities nationwide. Almost three million people lost their homes.
While people struggled to get back to normal, the demand for bricks reached an all-time high. But the businesses that manufacture bricks were also heavily hit. 95% of brick kilns in the Kathmandu Valley needed repair. Brick manufacturing is known to be an energy intensive and highly polluting process causing a decline of air quality.
For years, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has been working with governments and global experts to modernise the production of bricks and reduce emissions of black carbon, a harmful pollutant to our health and the global climate.