Bangladesh aims to be a leader in sustainable manufacturing
Author: Faruque Hassan
The Circular Economy in Bangladesh's Apparel Industry (CREATE) project has been launched to investigate the circular economy transition in global apparel value chains linked with Bangladesh's apparel industry and develop effective policies. Energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon footprint reduction have been one of the core areas of concern for the BGMEA. Therefore, investments in renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies have become imperative throughout the industry. We are not only confined to basic approaches of sustainability, we are also giving importance to other advanced areas, such as circularity. We have pledged to increase the sustainable material mix by 50% in line with Sustainable Development Goal 12 – ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns – by 2030. We also encourage all apparel factories to use renewable energy to achieve the target. The BGMEA members are investing in solar energy to address the current energy crisis and move towards a greener Bangladesh. There is scope to build more than 2GW of solar rooftop systems in the garments industry, which will altogether generate around 2,600 GWh of clean electricity per year, easing pressure on grid electricity and helping the country to deal with the ongoing energy crisis.