Green Factory A Silent Revolution in Bangladesh -By Kamran Hasan Shajol

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Bangladesh’s RMG sector, among billions of industries, has taken the lead in green manufacturing as it has established 67 eco-friendly green buildings, the highest number in the world.
The garments industry in Bangladesh has been expanded almost uninterruptedly since late 1970s. But remember the years, when a fire at the Tazreen Fashions garment factory outside Dhaka that killed 112 workers in 2012 and the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed and killed more than 1,130 people outside Dhaka in 2013, a harsh global spotlight suddenly shone on the country’s garment industry. Apparel companies reacted to such disasters by pulling their business out of Bangladesh.
But we had to prove ourselves. Bangladesh is not a country with such negative incidents, we have a huge positive sides in garments sector.
A new feature has been added to this. It is Green Factory. A recent report shows that now we have 67 green factories in our country which is top in the world. Indonesia holds the second position with 40 factories, followed by India with 30 and Sri Lanka with 10.

What is a green factory?

A basic requirement for a “green factory” is energy-efficient and sustainable production that balances environmental and business interests. The holistic approach does not start with machinery, but much further back down the line with building planning. As a result, companies can achieve cost savings over the long term while making an active contribution to environmental protection.
SQ Celsius Ltd, a sweater manufacturing company located in Bhaluka, Mymensingh, has LEED certified and platinum-rated factory. Source: Daily Dhaka Tribune
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) plaque on a building is a mark of quality and achievement in green building. Leaders across the globe have made LEED the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It is an internationally recognized certification.
LEED certification provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost- effective buildings. 88 of the Fortune 100 companies are already using LEED.
There are 4 categories of LEED ratings. Based on the number of points achieved, a project earns one of four LEED rating levels: PLATINUM needs 80+ points. GOLD needs 60-79 points. SILVER needs 50-59 points. CERTIFIED needs 40-49 points.
Green factories in Bangladesh:
According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Bangladesh’s RMG sector now has 67 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green factories. Among them 13 are LEED Platinum rated while more than 280 factories are registered with USGBC for LEED certification.
A total of 13 best green building factories of Bangladesh were honored with “LEED Green Factory Award” to recognize their efforts in sustainability by achieving LEED Platinum certification.
Bangladesh, the second largest ready-made garment exporter in the world, has taken a leading position in sustainable green industrialization with the world’s several top ranked Green factories. And 7 out of 10 top ranked green factories are from Bangladesh
The world’s highest rated LEED Platinum Denim factory, Knit factory, Washing Plant and Textile mill all are situated in Bangladesh.
Recently, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in association with USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and GBCI (Green Business Certification Inc.) launched “LEED Green Factory Award” in recognition and celebration of Bangladesh’s RMG sector’s strides in green industrialization.
A total of 13 best green building factories of Bangladesh have been honored with “LEED Green Factory Award” to recognize their efforts in sustainability by achieving LEED Platinum certification.
source: internet

A green factory uses 40% less energy, 41% less water and emits 35% less carbon compared to a regular RMG factory. Although Green manufacturers may face difficulties in competing with the regular manufacturers in terms of prices, but it is sure that global buyers will pay more for green products as green manufacturers care about both their workers and the environment.
So, now it’s time to welcome this revolution as these green factories are slowly uplifting their downward reputation in the world.

Kamran Hasan Shajol studies Management Studies at the
Jagannath University.

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