Staff Reporter Islamabad
In an ambitious yet impressive move the Punjab government has successfully converted around 8,000 of it’s functional brick kilns over eco-friendly zigzag technology during past six months.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Sunday in an exclusive chat with media appreciated the Punjab government for its great accomplishment against environmental challenges on the direction of the Prime Minister to purge the province from the menace of hazardous smog creating conventional brick kilns.
Amin said conversion of around 8,000 brick kilns across the province to ZigZag technology, which was 100 per cent of the existing kilns to environment friendly technology was a great achievement.
He said efforts had been continued since 2017 but faced many challenges whereas the Punjab government has achieved this goal through continuous hard work of last six months.
“All 8,000 smog kilns have been converted to modern technology. The new technology will emit 60 less carbon emissions and help safe 30 per cent more savings for kiln owners,” Malik Amin Aslam said.
He urged that the rest of the provinces should follow the example of Punjab and use Zig Zag technology to contain dark emissions causing serious pollution and respiratory diseases among the masses.
The PM’s aide mentioned that the government has provided subsidy for adopting latest technology. During conversion, he said the internal system of the kiln is replaced by ZigZag technology.
It merits to mention here that Natural Draught Zigzag Firing kiln is a continuous, cross draught, moving fire kiln in which the air flows in a zigzag path due to the draught provided by a chimney.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA) provided the technical assistance to brick kilns’ owners which was supported by the Punjab Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab.
President All Pakistan Brick Kiln Association Shoaib Khan Niazi said the conversion was not an easy process as traditional brick kilns owners lacked expertise and experience to adopt the modern and technology and also lacked adequate resources to initiate shifting to modern technology overnight.