MSE Sub-Sector Briefing: Metal Finishing (2013)

Speeches Shim

Issue. Certain process, technique, and management deficits are commonly found in micro- and small-scale brick and tile operations. These deficits can have serious adverse effects on short- or long-term business performance---AND, on the local environment and on community health and safety. Among the most significant areas where economic savings can be realized through cleaner production are management actions that address fuel inefficiencies and energy resource depletion, poor clay mining practices, poor process control, and excess dust/chemical pollution.

Response. Addressing these deficits by adopting resource-efficient and cleaner production (RECP) processes, techniques, and management practices can reduce costs and improve business performance and, at the same time, avoid or minimize adverse impacts on the local environment and on community health and safety. RECP approaches generally focus on improving resource and production efficiency which saves physical and energy resources, time, and money needed in production—and results in less waste and pollution. This briefing supports the application of RECP solutions in these four key areas.

Contents. This briefing addresses each deficit area in turn. General business, environmental and health and safety issues are identified first. Then, a question and answer format is used to identify specific deficits and potential RECP solutions. The References and Resources section at the end of this briefing provides more detailed and quantitative information on these solutions.

Audience. This briefing is intended for business development services providers working directly with brick-and-tile MSEs, for those designing MSE strengthening projects, and for USAID staff (and the staff of other funding organizations) charged with overseeing projects in the brick and tile sector.

Scope. This briefing focuses on MSEs that are mining, processing, forming, and firing clay to produce bricks, tiles, and other ceramic products for the construction industry. However, some of the solutions outlined in this briefing could also be applied to MSEs that are mining and/or firing clay for other purposes, such as production of ceramic plates and bowls.

Date 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:45am

Last updated: May 08, 2019