VSBK – Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln

VSBK - Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln and other SCP (Sustainable Construction Practices)

Katmandu valley is viewed as one of the most polluted cities in Asia. Exhaust fumes increase four time over the past decade. Poor dispersion conditions, due to high hills and low wind-speeds are predispositioning Kathmandu to serious air pollution problems. An increasing number of vehicles and conventional bricks kilns are worsening the situation. The construction sector, including conventional brick production is a key source of CO2 emission. Sustainable Construction Practices Behaviour have far-reaching consequences in environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the mitigation of global warming and environmental degradation by reducing greenhouse gases and black carbon emission, by fostering sustainable ( economic, environmental , social) production to contribute to economic prosperity, as well as poverty reduction in Nepal, while networking and out-reaching into surrounding areas in South Asia.

The specific objectives are:

  • Reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions from and by brick and building materials production sector in urban and semi-urban areas in Nepal
  • Create an enabling policy and regulartory framework and environment
  • Promote sustainable production and consumption patterns in the construction sector
  • Mobilise and capacitate privat sector stakeholders for green building materials and solutions
  • Inform consumers about benefits of cleaner/low energy building material


The project's target area:

Katmandu Valles including urban and semi-ubran areas in the hills and the Terai

Duration: 1/2012 - 7/2015

Total budget: EUR 2,146,750 (EU Contribution: 90%)


Christian Wagner
Deutsche Management Akademie Niedersachsen

Schloss Celle,Schlossplatz 1
29221 Celle

Email: cwagner@deman.de


Deutsche Management Akademie Niedersachsen (DMAN) Deutsche Management Akademie Niedersachsen (DMAN)
is the lead applicant of the project who organises the project management and administrative activities, as well as the monitoring and evaluation performance. DMAN provides specific professional inputs in the area of Business Development Services (BDS).
Skat Foundation (SKAT) Skat Foundation (SKAT)
is one of the project partners. In the project, SKAT's role is to provide inputs related to technical capacity building and supporting the lead applicant in the day to day management of the activities in the field, and technical quality control and techni
Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries (FNCSI) Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries (FNCSI)
is the apex body of Nepalese micro, cottage and small industries. FNCSI plays role in decisions making and is directly involved in implementation of the project; will lead to organize workshops and seminars, awareness raising campaign, networking; and wil
VSBK Project Impact Sheet 2016 VSBK Project Impact Sheet 2016
In this final publication, the VSBK project reported on the economic, environmental and social impacts as well as its achievements in terms of climate benefits, green finance, target group engagement, policy development and Europe-Asia cooperation. The project has been completed in 2015.

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Fact and Contact Sheet

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Vertical Shift Brick Kilns - leaftlet

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Project Presentation

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