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Another Bangladesh RMG factory gets Leed green certificate

Fashion Makers Limited, a Gazipur-based factory unit, received a platinum certificate from the USGBC at Leed O+M: Existing Building v4.1 rating system with a score of 87 out of 110

Update : 17 Apr 2024, 07:34 PM

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

In April, Fashion Makers Limited, a Gazipur-based factory unit, received a platinum certificate from the USGBC at Leed O+M: Existing Building v4.1 rating system with a score of 87 out of 110. 

Bangladesh has further solidified its position as a global leader in environmentally friendly apparel manufacturing, boasting 215 Leed-certified factories, including 81 platinum-rated, 120 gold-rated, 10 silver-rated, and four certified factories. 

Presently 55 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 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 honours 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.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, BGMEA Director Mohiuddin Rubel said they are leading the green revolution worldwide. 

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

He also said global buyers and brands are increasingly focusing 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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