Three images showing the process of making bangles in India.  The first image shows a man shaping a hot iron, the second shows two men coiling bangles together and the third shows a close-up of a woman making one long chain of bangles.


The USAID-funded Clean Technology Initiative to Protect the Taj Mahal was designed to prevent further degradation of this national treasure and its white marble surface through the promotion of environmental improvements in the industrial, transport, and urban sectors in a 10,400-sq-km area around the Taj Mahal known as the Taj Trapezium Zone. The zone was established to protect the monument from air pollution from industries and local transport in and around Agra City. The Louis Berger Group designed and developed low- and no-cost solutions for environmental improvements that have successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions. We focused on implementing best practices for using raw materials, optimizing furnace operations, and increasing production and process efficiency while improving health conditions. The program’s interventions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions also involved efforts with local industry to switch to cleaner fuels, use more efficient furnaces in the glass industry, and construct sound solid waste management systems.


Downloadable Materials: CTI-Environment Friendly Cupola Furnace (1.94 MB)