Message from the secretariat

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Steering Committee convened in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, at the end of February to discuss our priorities for the coming years. ICIMOD, our host, could not have chosen a better setting for our meeting! Breathing the polluted air for a week provided strong motivation to address black carbon emissions.

The brick sector is a major source of black carbon emissions in Nepal and South Asia. We had the opportunity to visit a brick kiln that ICIMOD, with catalytic funding from the Coalition, has helped to modernize. Thanks to the kiln’s zig-zag design, locally adapted ventilation system and filters, and earthquake-safe chimney, the kiln is safer, more efficient and considerably less polluting than traditional kiln technology. It also produces higher quality bricks in less time, using 30% less fuel.

Improved kilns like this one make a huge difference for local communities and the environment. The impact will be even greater as the technology spreads to the more than 70,000 traditional kilns in South Asia. We are proud to contribute to the technology transformation underway in Nepal’s brick sector and to the many other clean air solutions that will put us on a pathway towards maximum benefits for climate and health.  

Helena Molin Valdes
Climate & Clean Air Coalition secretariat


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