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Green industries to boost RMG export earnings

Green growth means low carbon growth (i.e. tolerable amount of carbon emission), and reduction of greenhouse gasses during the production.

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Figure: Distinguish guests were present at ‘Developing Capacity Building Framework for Green Industry in RMG Sector in Bangladesh.’ Credit: Dhaka Tribune.

According to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the widespread use of the term ‘green’, is a broad consensus about what it means. It is very often treated as a synonym for or an aspect of sustainable development. However, in contrast to conventional growth, it is generally understood that industrial growth is a green one when it uses natural resources in a sustainable manner by taking into consideration of its scarcity while ensuring minimum effects on the natural environment and thus trying to make the world a better and livable place.

When it comes to green industrial growth, Bangladesh RMG industry has been found to play a pivotal role in achieving green industrial growth in the country.  A number of initiatives in term of making green the RMG sector continue to take place so as to turn its production process and export growth into green ones such as installing green building, using eco-friendly and resource-efficient technologies and techniques, harvesting rainwater, installing effluent treatment plant (ETP), installing solar power plant, and servo motor for power generation, managing hazardous chemical properly and so on.

Installing “green building” in manufacturing firm is considered as one of the  crucial parts of “Going Green” approach as it is designed in such a way that has a lot of attributes in terms of making efficient use of resources, particularly water and energy, protecting indoor health safety, minimizing surrounding negative environmental impacts and maintaining environmental amenities. The acceptance of the green industry continues to rise globally.

Recently a feasibility study on “Developing Capacity Building Framework for Green Industry in RMG Sector in Bangladesh” was held on 2nd August conducted by Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and sponsored by the Commerce Ministry and funded by France Development Agency (AFD).

The findings of the study were discussed at a workshop where experts also cited a lack of technical expertise, limited availability of resources, lack of knowledge and technology to go green, scarcity of land, poor data management at the factory level, lack of branding and strong support from brands and buyers, and an acute scarcity of the experts on the US Green Building Council (USGBC) guideline.

“The RMG sector is very crucial for Bangladesh and we have to move towards the development of the sector and move towards a green revolution in the RMG industry, which has already taken the lead in the world,” he added.

AFD South Asian Regional Director Nicolas Fornage said that “Last year, France imported clothing products worth $2 billion. If Bangladesh builds its image as a green industry in the global market, the country’s exports will see more growth in earnings.”

BKMEA First Vice-President Mansur Ahmed hoped that the government would support the RMG sector’s green initiative.

Since 2011, a total of 67 Bangladeshi RMG factories have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), one of the top green building rating systems in the world, according to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) data. Of the 67 factories, 13 have been rated platinum, 20 gold, and 5 silver. At least 222 more factories have been registered with the USGBC for the LEED certification.

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