The move towards green factory buildings helped to regain Bangladesh’s image after the Rana Plaza tragedy
Bangladesh has touched the milestone of having 150 US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified green apparel factories, the highest among any country.
According to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the country now has 44 platinum green factories, 93 gold, 9 silver and another 4 LEED certified factory buildings, as of Sunday.
Industry insiders said that Bangladesh was now on the cusp of becoming a global apparel market leader, after overcoming challenges related to sustainability, climate change, groundwater depletion, efficiency and many more.
Green industrialization is one of BGMEA’s several initiatives to take the sustainability stride of the industry to the next level, they added.
According to apparel manufacturers, the move towards green factory buildings helped to regain Bangladesh’s image after the Rana Plaza tragedy, which claimed 1,134 and with more than 2,000 injured in 2013.
“Green factories help to cut down the usage of energy by 40% and water consumption by more than 30%. It also emits less carbon dioxide which further ensures environmental safety,” said the BGMEA officials.
They also ensure a safe workplace for workers as the factory owners have to follow certain rules for construction of the buildings.
In an op-ed published earlier by Dhaka Tribune, Faruque Hassan, president of the BGMEA said that today the factories are not only safer, but also have become more dynamic, modern, energy-efficient and environment-friendly.
Bangladesh has by far the highest number of green garment factories in the world. Moreover, 500 more factories are in the pipeline for certification. It is also noteworthy to mention here that 39 out of the world's top 100 LEED factories are located in Bangladesh, he added.