Three new readymade garments (RMG) industrial units in Bangladesh received US Green Building Council’s (USGBC)-approved leadership in energy and environmental design (Leed) certificates.
On April 12, Trust Knitwear Garments Building and Trust Knitwear Washing and Dying Building of Bhabanipur in Gazipur received gold certificates from the USGBC, while also receiving the certificate for LeedBD+C; New Construction v3 – Leed 2009 rating system with scores of 61 and 64, respectively.
Moreover, on April 4, Quattro Fashion Ltd of Gazipur Sadar received a platinum certificate from the USGBC for the Leed O+M: Existing Buildingsv4.1 – Leed v4.1 rating system with a score of 86.
With the addition of these three new Leed-certified factories, Bangladesh is now home to a total of 195 green factories, of which 69 are platinum, 112 are gold, 10 are silver, and 4 are certified factories.
Mohiuddin Rubel, director of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), shared the updated list of green factories.
Among the top 10 global leading factories, 8 are from Bangladesh, and the top 54 factories out of the first 100 are in Bangladesh.
Moreover, a Bangladeshi readymade garment factory is now the global leader as a Leed-certified green factory with a score of 104 — the highest ever score in the industry category project in the world.
An additional 550 factories are either registered or in the pipeline for USGBC’s Leed certification, reported the apex body of the apparel sector.
So far, nine factory units have already achieved Leed certification in 2023 and in 2022, a total of 30 factory units received Leed certification, the highest in a year.
The factory units of Bangladesh have been obtaining the Leed certificate since 2001.
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 in 2013.