The brick manufacturing industry consumes about 45-50 million tonnes of coal equivalent annually, amounting to 5-15% of the total energy consumption in the country, where energy efficiency is one of the most desired things today. Considering this, the Power Minister R. K. Singh has recently launched the ‘Energy Efficiency Enterprise (E3) Certifications Programme for Brick manufacturing Sector’ in order to kick-start a series of events from the Ministry of Power, Government of India under ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
On this occasion, Singh appreciated the responses received from the bricks manufacturing enterprises for availing this certificate. He congratulated them for agreeing to shift from conventional to efficient technologies – and product shift towards low density bricks with better thermal insulation. He further stated that implementation of E3 Certification will lead to multiple benefits in terms of energy savings in brick manufacturing process and improved quality of bricks resulting in cost savings to builders as well as energy savings to occupiers of buildings due to better thermal comfort and improved insulation properties.
Singh urged the brick manufacturing industries to become E-3 capable in next 2-3 years. He assured to support them in their efforts towards this transition, which will not just help in reducing energy emissions but will also benefit them by cost reduction.
During the event, Alok Kumar, Secretary (Power) said that India is the world’s second largest producer of bricks and this demand is expected to multiply three to four times over the next 20 years, through E3 Certification programme.