Venue: Conference Hall, CDPR
Date: 16th August 2018, Thursday
Time: 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) hosted its twenty-ninth Lahore Policy Exchange, titled “Introducing environment-friendly & fuel-efficient brick kiln technology in Punjab”.
Punjab brick industry’s conventional brick kilns — Bull’s Trench Kiln (BTK) – emit harmful particulates and greenhouse gases that contribute to deteriorating air quality in the province. Replacing BTKs with a new energy efficient brick kiln technology – Induced Draft Zigzag Kilns (IDZKs) – has the potential to create considerable environmental and economic benefits, including 70% less emissions and lower health expenditures. These findings can potentially help frame the Environmental Protection Department Punjab’s policy that ties in with their goal of improving ambient air quality in the province.
To explain the environmental and economic benefits as well as the technical aspects of implementing the new brick kiln technology, the following speakers were invited:
Dr. Sanval Nasim (Assistant Professor of Economics at LUMS) – explained the economic benefits to society of adopting the new brick kiln technology
Dr. Faiza Sharif (Associate Professor, Sustainable Development Study Center, Government College University) – discussed the ways in which the new brick kiln technology is less damaging to the environment
Tauqeer Ahmed Qureshi (Director Monitoring Lab and Implementation, Environment Protection Department (EPD), Punjab) – explained EPD’s perspective on the potential of implementing the new brick kiln technology