Bangladeshi garment manufacturers continue efforts to go green – pv magazine International
The government’s clean energy department has signed a cooperation agreement with a major garment industry trade body to conduct the installation of a net-metered solar roof.
Factory owners in Bangladesh’s huge garment industry will get help installing solar panels on rooftops after the sector’s leading trade body signs a memorandum of understanding with the government Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA).
The government body will help Members of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) benefit from improved energy efficiency and rooftop solar, including access to installation information and low-cost financing.
The BGMEA has over 4,000 member factories and Bangladesh is the world’s second largest clothing producer after China. An official from the trade body said: “If we want to support… business globally, we need to reduce carbon emissions. And for that, we must opt for renewable energies.
With industry accounting for 48% of the country’s energy consumption and 30% of that figure used by textile and apparel manufacturers, According to Deputy Energy Minister Nasrul Hamid, the hope is that the widespread adoption of net-metered solar rooftops in the industry will have a huge impact.
Hamida said: “The power consumption of [the] the textile and clothing industry can be reduced by 18% if equipped with advanced energy-saving technologies.
As Germany’s development agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), prepares to provide technical support for the agreement signed today, a senior SREDA official said. photo magazine BGMEA members have thousands of factory buildings where rooftop solar power could be installed for self-consumption, with excess power to be exported to the grid.
The SREDA official said that BGMEA is a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “They are committed to reducing[ing] carbon emission[s] and will be praised for producing goods with less carbon emissions,” the spokesperson said.
SREDA will soon begin working with interested factory owners to set up rooftop solar installations as demonstration projects.
The public financier Infrastructure Development Company Limited, Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited and international development partners could also offer financial support to the garment sector.
SREDA Chairman Mohammad Alauddin said business is an integral part of sustainable energy development. “This agreement will open [the] way to produce green energy and improve energy efficiency,” he said. Referring to his country’s emissions reduction pledge for the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November, he added: “In the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), Bangladesh did [a] commitment to reduce carbon emissions[s]so there is no alternative to [the] efficient use of energy.
BGMEA Chair Rubana Huq said lenders should come forward to support the industry’s greening plans. “For [a] green revolution, all factories must be made green,” she said.
More than 100 Bangladeshi garment factories have already been certified green by the US Green Building Council and more than 500 facilities have signed up to make their manufacturing operations more environmentally friendly.
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