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The first

agreement is with the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK) technology project, which aims to improve the thermal performance of the brick-manufacturing units in select clusters.

The FaL-G

project is the other initiative that intends to replace environmentally damaging burnt clay building bricks with fly ash brick, which is manufactured using industrial wastes/by-products.

Hyderabad, Aug. 11

The World Bank, as trustee of the Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF), recently signed two agreements with two Indian companies to promote technologies in the building material industry - one utilises a more energy efficient kiln to produce burnt clay bricks, and the other replaces burnt clay bricks with fly ash bricks which are manufactured without the use of thermal energy.

The first is the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK) technology project, which aims to improve the thermal performance of the brick-manufacturing units in select clusters, especially in the States of Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), the agency which provides the VSBK technology in the country, intends to set up about 126 VSBK plants within two to three years through entrepreneurs. The nearly 4 lakh tonnes of greenhouse gas emission reductions generated by the project over 10 years will be purchased by CDCF.

TARA, the social enterprise arm of the Development Alternatives Group, New Delhi, will be the implementing agency for the project.

Fly ash bricks

The FaL-G project is the other initiative that intends to replace environmentally damaging burnt clay building bricks with fly ash brick, which is manufactured using industrial wastes/by-products.

The project will facilitate the setting up of about 100 micro-industrial plants in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh to manufacture fly ash bricks using the FaL-G technology.

Mr N. Kalidas, Executive Director of Eco-Carbon and founder director of INSWAREB (Institute for Solid Waste Research and Ecological Balance), Visakhapatnam, said, "With the World Bank's assistance in fetching carbon revenues, entrepreneurs would generate much more enthusiasm, contributing to the rapid proliferation of the technology to meet our company's vision." CDCF will purchase 6 lakh tonnes of greenhouse gas reductions over a 10-year period from the FaL-G project. The FaL-G project will deliver community benefits as well.

The construction sector in India is considered one of the most carbon intensive sectors representing about 17 per cent of India's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, roughly equal to 17 crore tonnes 170 million tons of carbon dioxide CO2 emissions per year.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 12, 2006)
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