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Third Policy and Advocacy Network Asia Meeting


Hanoi, Vietnam

Date & Time

17 October 2022 to 19 October 2022

Organisers: ICIMOD, Climate and Clean Air Coalition


About the meeting

The Policy and Advocacy Network (PAN) Asia meeting will bring together governments, policy makers, stakeholders, and influencers to share and receive updates about the state of brick production and understand newer and sustainable solutions for cleaner brick production.

We are organising the third PAN Asia meeting in collaboration with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), for brick producers from Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. It will provide a common platform to discuss and present brick kiln related local, regional, and national issues. It also aims to identify brick production related policies, ensure harmonization of policies, and sharing of best practices to promote cleaner and more efficient brick production.

The first PAN Asia meeting was held on 18–20 February 2015 in Kathmandu Nepal, followed by the second meeting on 20–21 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, the outcomes of which were incorporated into the brick sector factsheets for Bangladesh, Nepal, India, and Pakistan. The outcomes of the meetings also helped establish an incubation centre for the Technical Resource Development Committee (TRDC) unit under the Federation of Nepal Brick Industries (FNBI) to undertake research and development activities.



Brick production in the region has changed in recent years. New technologies, science, and research in emission measurements have helped the industry understand the importance of cleaner brick production. However, in Asia, red fired bricks are still the most preferred building material in comparison with other alternative materials. Asia alone accounts for 87% of the global production, i.e., 1300 billion bricks each year.

Although the brick industry contributes significantly to the economy, it also has adverse impacts on environment and health. Brick production generates particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, and carbon dioxide emissions and is major source of black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants. These emissions contribute heavily to global warming, melting of glaciers, and have adverse health impacts.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has been partnering with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to coordinate and upscale activities related to the brick sector, at a regional level across South Asia and beyond. Thus, as part of our initiative, we have helped accelerate the reduction of black carbon and other emissions from brick kilns by introducing and promoting zig-zag kiln technology. In particular, ICIMOD has held several meetings with governments and policy makers to intervene at social and policy levels in the Punjab district in Pakistan, with support from the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA) and Brick Kiln Owners’ Association of Pakistan (BKOAP).



Moderator: Lynette Chettri Fetz, ICIMOD
09:00–09:30 Registration PAN Asia
Opening session


Farid Ahmed, Head Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, ICIMOD

Catalina Etcheverry, Programme Manager, CCAC




Opening remarks – Pham Van Bac – Director General,

Department of Building Materials, Ministry of Construction, Vietnam

Remarks – Md. Masumur Rehman, Director General, South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP)

10:05– 10:15 Overview of PAN – Bidya Banmali Pradhan, Regional Programme Manager, ICIMOD
10:15–10:30 Handover of the plaque by Farid Ahamed and Bidya Banmali Pradhan, ICIMOD
10:30–10:50 Round of introduction
10:50–11:30 Group photo (Tea/coffee break)
Session I: Country presentations on promoting environment policies & regulations




Overview of brick sector in each country (15 min) followed by discussion (5 min)

  • Afghanistan – Mohammad Shoaib Nasiri
    Program Director, Organization of Fast Relief & Development (OFRD)
  • Bangladesh – Sufia Nazim, Director, Department of Environment
  • India – Jatinder Singh Kamyotra, Ex-Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)
12:15–13:30 Lunch
13:30–13:45 Documentary show


Presentations continue (15 min) followed by discussion (5 min)

  • Nepal – Yam Prasad Pokharel, Director General, Ministry of Forest & Environment
  • Pakistan – Md. Asif Sahibzada, Director General, Ministry of Climate Change
  • Sri Lanka – P.B Hemantha Jayasinghe, Director General, Central Environment Authority
  • Vietnam (TBC)
14:45–15:30 Tea/Coffee break
15:30–16:00 Presentation on zig-zag brick fire masters curriculum development

  • Misterkant Mainali, Director, CTEVT Nepal
  • Suyesh Prajapati, Director, MinErgy, Nepal
16:00–17:15 Federation of Asian Brick Kiln Associations presentations:

  • FABKA Roadmap
    Asad Mahmood, Energy Expert
  • Bangladesh Brick Manufacturing Owners Association (BBMOA)
    Mohammad Khalilur Rahman, President
  • All India Brick and Tiles Manufacturers Association (AIBTMF)
    Ashok Tewari, President
  • Federation of Nepal Brick Industries (FNBI)
    Shankar Bahadur Chand, President
  • Brick Kiln Owners’ Association of Pakistan (BKOAP)
    Muhammad Shoab Khan Niazi, President

09:00–09:30 Registration
Session II: Reforming brick sector in Asia
09:30–9:45 Reducing carbon footprint of brick sector – Pritpal Singh, Additional Director & Head, Technology Facilitation Division, Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, India
09:45–10:00 Roadmap of the Colombian brick sector meeting points with the Asian brick sector – Fabio Andres Salgado Torres, Component Coordinator, Corporación Ambiental Empresarial CAEM, Colombia
10:00–10:15 Policy of building materials: Sustainable development of products in industries in Vietnam – Vu Thi Kim Thao, Senior Project Officer, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
10:15–10:30 Promotion of cleaner brick production technologies in Bihar – Practice to policy connect – Avinash Kumar, Senior Manager, Development Alternative, India
10:30–10:45 Emissions and energy Measurement in brick kiln – Sagar Adhikari, Research Associate, ICIMOD
10:45–11:00 Social component in the brick sector – Mohammad Rabi Qazizada, Programme Officer, ICIMOD
11:00–11:45 Way forward – Catalina Etcheverry, CCAC
11:45–11:55 Closing remarks – Bidya Banmali Pradhan, ICIMOD
12:00–13:00 Lunch

9:00–15:30 Field visit to the tunnel brick kiln

  • Cam Thanh Brick
    Thach That, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Viet Brick Company
    Ba Vi District, Ha Noi City, Vietnam