204 green factories in Bangladesh
Staff Correspondent: Bangladesh has strengthened its position as a world leader in ‘green’ i.e. environment-friendly garment factories. Last November, a ready-made garment factory and an accessories manufacturing factory in the country received LEAD certification (Certificate for Green Factory). With this, 204 factories in the country have now received the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) lead certification.
According to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) data, a Bangladeshi garment factory received green building certification from the USGBC in the platinum category in November. The green certified factory of Gazipur which got 99 points out of 110 points is ‘Integra Dresses Limited’. Apart from this, SM Accessories Limited has received green building certification from USGBC in gold category by getting 62 points out of 110 points.
Bangladesh achieved 27 green building certifications in 2022, including 13 in the platinum category; Which is the highest in a year. Of the 204 green certified factories, 74 are platinum-rated, 116 are gold-rated and the rest are other-rated. Another 500 factories are in the pipeline to receive USGBC lead certification.
Bangladesh has 54 of the top 100 highest quality lead green factories worldwide. Not only that, 9 out of the top 10 global and 18 out of the top 20 global lead certification factories are located in Bangladesh. It is indeed a matter of pride that the factory with the highest score of 104 in the world is located in Bangladesh.
The USGBC honors factories based on a variety of standards. Such as conversion efficiency, energy, water and waste management. Top performers are rated Platinum, followed by Gold and Silver.
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