Two more 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.
JL Fashions Ltd at Baniarchala under Vhabanipur in Gazipur and JKL Admin & Daycare Bldg at Mawna of Sreepur in the same district received the platinum-rated certification from the USGBC, said the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
With this, the total number of LEED-certified garment factories in the country reaches 186, the highest in the world.
Of them, 62 are platinum-rated, 110 gold-rated, 10 silver-rated green, and 4 certified factories, the BGMEA said.
Moreover, as of January 27 of 2023, three factory units already have achieved LEED certification where the aforementioned two are in the platinum category and the previous one in the gold category.
In 2022, 30 factory units received LEED certification, the highest in a year.
In May 2012, Bangladesh’s Vintage Denim Studio was recognized as the first LEED platinum-certified factory in the world.
The top seven green factories in the world are in Bangladesh.
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings.
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.