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Bricks is one of the primary construction materials used in many regions of the world, and an important economic activity for communities. Brick production is still an ancient practice in many countries, where bricks are produced in artisanal kilns fueled by coal, wood, dung and other biomass materials. As a result, voluminous amounts of black carbon are spewed into the atmosphere, contaminating the air, water and earth along with the lungs of millions of people who work or live near the kilns.
In order to define and regulate sound public policies, Mexico has opted to support integrated strategies for the transformation of the sector based on cleaner and more energy efficient technologies, thus reducing emissions (black carbon, methane and carbon dioxide)and bringing significant benefits health and the economy of the communities.
The main objective of this event is to exchange successful experiences from the global, regional and local level on the impact and implementation of public policies linked to the brick sector; to support Mexico’s Federal Government and Local Government of Jalisco to define a road map with next steps for the formulation of a sectoral strategy.
This event contributes to addressing mitigation options available to reduce SLCPs from the brick sector, which compliments country national and international commitments to combat climate change. These commitments are framed within Mexico’s General Law on Climate Change, their Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) in the context of the Paris Agreement, and within Jalisco’s Law on Climate Change Action.
The four-day event and workshop, which includes a site visit to brick kilns in the region, is co-hosted by the CCAC, Mexico’s National Institute for Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), the Government of Jalisco, the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA)—coordinator of the PAN LAC network, with the collaboration of Swisscontact, a key technical partner of the CCAC.