Three more readymade garment factories in Bangladesh have received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for their green initiatives in apparel manufacturing.
Out of these three factories, Energypac Fashions Extension Project in Gazipur Sadar and P.N Composite Limited at Konabari in Gazipur received the platinum-rated certification while Dhaka Garments & Washing Ltd at Dakshin Varnahati, Dhaka received the GOLD-rated certification from the USGBC, said the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
Talking to BSS, BGMEA Director Mohiuddin Rubel informed that with the latest developments, Bangladesh’s RMG industry now has 192 LEED-certified factories with 68 Platinum. Besides, Bangladesh currently also has the top 9 factories out of the first 10 in the world and the top 53 factories out of the first 100 in the world.
He said that out of the 192 LEED-certified factories in Bangladesh, some 68 factories have so far received a platinum rating, 110 factories received a gold rating, some 10 factories got a silver rating, and 4 other factories received certified ratings.
The BGMEA director said that the increasing number of LEED-certified factories manifests the commitment of the country’s RMG industry toward establishing more green factories.
Considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, he said that the worldwide scarcity of resources including in energy is quite evident for which Bangladesh needs to ensure optimum utilization of its resources for its benefits.
Rubel said if such a positive trend continues, Bangladesh would be able to make more cost-effective and high-end products and thus the country would be regarded as the safest and best RMG sourcing country.
He said that the buyers are now gradually becoming more aware and would enquire more in the future from where their ordered products are being manufactured in which method.
“Our efforts for making better items will continue,” he added.