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RMG sector has now 184 green garment factories, the highest in the world

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RMG sector has now 184 green garment factories, the highest in the world

With the approval of a new factory unit for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Bangladesh has further strengthened its position as the global leader in safe, green, and environmentally friendly readymade garment (RMG) manufacturing units.

Amanat Shah Fabrics Ltd of Narsingdi obtained a gold certificate from the USGBC with the LEED O+M; Existing building v4.1 rating system with a point of 68, on January 22, as the first factory of 2023,

According to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), 184 factories in the country’s garment industry presently have the LEED) certification.

In 2022, 30 factory units received LEED Certification, the highest in a year.

Currently, the RMG sector of Bangladesh has consolidated its position in green manufacturing units with 60 in the platinum category, 110 in gold, 10 in silver, and another 4 Leed-certified factory buildings.

The trade organization for the RMG sector reports that 550 additional factories are either registered or in the pipeline for USGBC’s Leed certification.

On top of the obvious safety and environmental benefits, these green factories help significantly reduce operational costs over time even though they may initially cost more to set up, according to industry insiders.

As the factory owners are required to adhere to specific criteria for the construction of the buildings, these factories also provide a safe working environment for employees.

Experts said that Bangladesh’s garment industry is now poised to take the lead globally by addressing mounting issues of sustainability, climate change, groundwater depletion, and efficiency.

Speaking to the media, Mohiuddin Rubel, director of the BGMEA, said that they started the journey with a gold certificate in the first month of the new year.

They hope to maintain consistency and surpass last year’s achievements this year.

He also urged for government support for the green factories.

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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