Reports, Case Studies & Assessments

Brick kiln measurements in Colombia: Energy and emissions


Energy performance and emissions were measured at seven brick kilns in Colombia in summer 2016.. Measurement results include energy consumption, brick production rate, and emissions of particulate matter 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5), organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), carbon monoxide (CO) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). The measurements were part of a larger project funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Bricks Initiative. The project objectives were to obtain measurement results of kilns in Colombia, to test and refine equipment and methods for measuring climate relevant emissions, and to build measurement capacity in Colombia for climate relevant emissions. The brick kilns were selected by industry experts at Corporacion Ambiental Empresarial (CAEM) that were representative of the range of kilns used in Colombia . CAEM is familiar with the Colombian brick sector and used an inventory of kilns in Colombia to select a Hoffman, Tunnel, two Zigzag, two Colemena, and an Artisanal kiln for measurement. These kiln types account for nearly all brick production in Colombia. A summary of the kilns measurement campaign is provided in this report.