METRO Wholesale Myanmar Becomes First EDGE-Certified Project in the Country

Yangon, 05 October 2020 – METRO Wholesale Myanmar Limited has been awarded with IFC’s EDGE certification for its warehouse in Thanlyin, Thilawa Special Economic Zone, marking the first EDGE green building certification in Myanmar. The certification was awarded by thinkstep-SGS, a leading global sustainability services and software business.

METRO Wholesale Myanmar incorporated cost-effective green building features, including energy-efficient air conditioning, insulation, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and environmentally-friendly building materials into its design. The building is projected to achieve 34 percent savings in energy, 37 percent savings in water, and 66 percent savings in the energy that is used to produce the materials. In addition to reducing utility costs, EDGE certification will help METRO Wholesale Myanmar to achieve a leadership position in promoting green standards in the market. 

 “METRO is committed to raising the bar in the food distribution industry in Myanmar. Therefore, we ensure that the highest standards are set in our state-of-the-art facility in Thilawa that is now EDGE certified. The EDGE certification is a result of our commitment towards achieving our sustainability goals whilst our green design and building construction allows us to save significantly on utilities now and in the future,” said Jens Michel, CEO of METRO Wholesale Myanmar.

METRO Wholesale Myanmar is increasing competitiveness and supporting food distribution in Myanmar, while ensuring its warehouse to become one of the first certified green buildings in Yangon,” said Jane Xu, IFC’s Country Manager for Myanmar and Thailand. “An IFC client, this company serves as a role model in the region for achieving both cost savings and environmental impact reduction.”

To date, IFC has invested over $5 billion globally in green buildings. METRO Wholesale Myanmar is one of the first companies in the sector to adopt resource-efficient building standards. The company offers a one-stop wholesale food service distribution for hotels, restaurants, catering firms, independent small retailers, and offices.

An innovation of IFC, EDGE helps property developers to build and brand green in a fast, easy, and affordable way. EDGE is an online platform, a green building standard, and a certification system for more than 170 countries. To date, EDGE-certified commercial and residential projects across the world keep nearly 230,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually from entering the atmosphere.

EDGE is supported by free software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water, and the energy used to make building materials by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification. The global program is supported by Austria, Canada, Denmark, ESMAP, EU, Finland, GEF, Hungary, Japan, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 

About IFC

IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, we invested $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit For more information about EDGE certification, visit