The garment industry of the country is advancing in the competition to reduce harmful carbon gas emissions. Bangladesh now has the largest number of factories that have signed the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC). Entrepreneurs say that the ability to reduce carbon emissions will be the criterion for survival in the global market in the near future. They also told about various challenges including financing to make the factories capable.
Four A Yarn Dying, an eco-friendly garment factory in Bypile, Savar. Lead Platinum certified factories consume 40 percent less fuel than conventional factories. As a result, carbon dioxide gas emission is also less here. But the entrepreneur could not be satisfied with it.
The factory has become the first garment manufacturer in the world to join the UNFCCC, the United Nations Carbon Emission Reduction Certificate. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and to zero by 2050.
Team Group Managing Director Abdullah Hill Rakib told Independent Television, ‘When we went to the COP-26 conference in Glasgow, we thought that if all the international companies can commit, why can’t we? That’s when we signed. The commitments we have made, the progress we have made are published there.’
The factory is reducing carbon emissions in two ways. First, reducing fuel demand. For this reason, machines, lights, fans and other parts with high fuel capacity are being used. Secondly, solar panels have been installed on the roof of the factory. Entrepreneurs said that various initiatives have been taken to increase the production of renewable energy. In the long run, the use of recycled products will further reduce fuel consumption by simplifying the production process.
Abdullah Hill Rakib said, ‘A global goal, a next generation who is our ultimate customer with the ultimate philosophy – if you don’t align with manufacturing, they won’t do production for you.’
According to the UN Climate Office, 3 indigenously owned and 3 foreign owned factories in Bangladesh have signed the Carbon Emission Reduction Protocol. Owners association BGMEA has been added. Bangladesh tops with six factories. Pakistan is second with 4 factories. And there are two factories in Vietnam in the third place.
BGMEA President Farooq Hasan told Independent Television, ‘Encouraging every factory to use solar panels, green energy. As much as possible without burning fossil fuels. We are highly encouraged. I want the government’s support for this.’
Almost all the world’s major brands in the apparel sector have signed the United Nations Carbon Reduction Charter. These brands will not place purchase orders in the future in factories that are not involved in this process.