Brick production is regarded as one of the most polluting and energy consuming industries. <p> <p> During the spring of 2015, Nepal was struck by a major earthquake and numerous aftershocks. Along with damaged infrastructure and loss of human lives, brick kilns in the country also suffered heavy damage. Of the 800 kilns in Nepal, 350 were completely or partially affected. Ninety-eight per cent of the brick kilns in the valley were affected. Four brick kiln workers lost their lives as a result of the quakes, and damages to brick kilns are estimated at NPR 112,500,000(more than USD 1 million).