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Long An (VNA) -
Investing in a green factory is a strategic factor in achieving sustainable growth, both bringing tangible benefits to investors and enhancing their public image, experts have told a workshop.

The Green Factory workshop held last week at the Long Hau Industrial Park in the Mekong Delta province of Long An  to raise awareness and share experiences in building green factories attracted the park’s tenants, business groups and the green building industry. 

Long Hau is known as a green industrial park geared towards businesses’ sustainable development.

According to the Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC), the organiser of the workshop along with Long Hau Joint Stock Company, a green building trend is developing in Vietnam.

Currently, there are four rating systems for green building certification, LEED of USA, GREEN MARK of Singapore, LOTUS of Vietnam and EDGE of the International Finance Corporation.

Vu Linh Quang, deputy director of ARDOR Sustainable Design, said green buildings offer several benefits for investors in terms of lower infrastructure costs, short payback period, low maintenance costs, healthy environment and increased productivity.

“Some investors think that green buildings only help marketing and sales or are only for foreign and export enterprises.”

Le Luong Vang, a green building engineer from the Royal HaskoningDHV Vietnam Ltd, said the cost of a green building is only 2-5 percent higher than that of a normal building.

“Many businesses still fail to construct green buildings though their benefits are long-term.”

Nguyan Thanh Tam, investment promotion consultant of the Long Hau Joint Stock Company, said the IP has attracted 160 local and foreign manufacturers.

Since it opened in 2006 it has provided significant support to investors in building green buildings to ensure a long-term and sustainable development.

“It has set a target of having at least 22 factories with green buildings by 2020.”

A foreign company in the IP, German Deutsche Bekleidungswerke Limited (DBW Ltd) was the first-ever green factory in Vietnam obtaining LEED Platinum and LOTUS certificates.

Phung Thi Lan Phuong, HR, admin and compliance manager at DBW Lt., said the task of building green factory had faced many problems caused by difficulty in getting workers with awareness of energy-efficient methods.

But she is confident that the green factory model will become the best choice for sustainable development.

The Long Hau IP has a strategic location in the southern key economic zone, near HCM City and served by both waterways and roads.

It is the only IP in Vietnam to achieve the Quest for Excellence Award at the International Asia Pacific Quality Award (IAPQA) by the Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO) in 2010.

Its tenants include big names such as Puma, Lotte and Japan’s Tazmo.-VNA