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Two more RMG factories obtain Leed Green certification

Another 550 factories are in the pipeline to get the USGBC’s Leed certification

Update : 16 Mar 2024, 05:00 PM

Two more Bangladeshi readymade garment (RMG) factory units obtained United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leed certification (certificate for green factories), according to the BGMEA.

In March, Windy Apparels Limited, a Gazipur-based factory unit, received a gold certificate from the USGBC at Leed BD+C: New Construction v4 rating system with a score of 69 out of 110. 

Another factory unit, Tangail based Comfit Banana Leaf, also obtained a gold certificate at Leed BD+C: New Construction v4 rating system with a score of 73.

Bangladesh has further solidified its position as a global leader in environmentally friendly apparel manufacturing, boasting 213 Leed-certified factories, including 80 platinum-rated, 119 gold-rated, 10 silver-rated, and four certified factories. 

Presently, 54 of the world's top 100 Leed Green Factories are situated in Bangladesh, including nine of the top 10 and 18 of the top 20, indicating a remarkable achievement that is poised to attract additional investment and partnerships, cementing Bangladesh's reputation as a sustainable manufacturing hub. 

Moreover, Bangladesh is also home of the highest and the second highest scoring green factories.

The rapid increase in Leed-certified green factories in Bangladesh is a clear and direct result of the garment industry's unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability.

This dedication to sustainability is absolutely crucial for ensuring the long-term viability and success of this industry.

Another 550 factories are in the pipeline to get the USGBC’s Leed certification.

The factory units of Bangladesh have been obtaining the Leed certificate since 2001.

USGBC honors factories based on several criteria -- transformation performance, energy, water, and waste management. The best performers are rated with platinum, followed by gold and silver.

These criteria help green factories significantly to reduce operational costs over time even though they may initially cost more to set up, according to industry insiders. These factories also provide a safe working environment for employees.

In a statement, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said that this achievement further strengthens Bangladesh's position as a global leader in sustainable garment manufacturing, more importantly it significantly reflects the vision of this industry for the future. 

“The growing number of green factories is a testament of continuously striving to implement environmentally friendly practices. By making all these green investments, we are not only ensuring the sustainability of our industry, but also protecting our planet, for our future generation,” he added. 

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, BGMEA Director Mohiuddin Rubel said they are working on a green revolution and with their commitment to the environment, they are leading the green revolution worldwide. 

“Every month our number of green factories is increasing. We are moving forward with compliance in mind. This journey of Bangladesh as a safest RMG destination will continue,” he added.

He also said that global buyers and brands are increasing their focus on the environment, which is why eco-friendly factories will no longer be an option, but will become mandatory.

According to apparel manufacturers, the move towards green factory buildings helped regain Bangladesh's image after the Rana Plaza tragedy, which claimed 1,134 lives and left more than 2,000 injured.

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