Northlander’s Corporate Responsibility pillars act as the umbrella for its self-regulating policy.
As part of Northlander’s approach to taking responsibility for its impact on the environment, it has partnered with Climate and Sustainable development experts ClimateCare to offset Carbon emissions associated with our business operations and the Fund portfolio composition and growth.
As well as taking actions to reduce our footprint through internal corporate initiatives (e.g., Efficient Waste Management, Plastic Free Office), unavoidable emissions are offset through ClimateCare projects. Our related projects include two world-leading clean cooking projects in Bangladesh and Ghana. These clean cooking projects not only cut carbon emissions, helping tackle climate change, but also improve lives by halving fuel bills for families and reducing exposure to toxic fumes. By cutting fuel requirements the projects also reduce deforestation, protecting precious habitat.
Gyapa Stoves - Improving lives in Ghana
This project is creating a market for locally produced efficient cookstoves which cut emissions, reduce exposure to toxic fumes and decrease fuel bills.
The project provides skilled employment for 180 manufacturers and extra income for over 600 retailers. As well as cutting more than 4 million tonnes of CO2, the Gyapa stoves project has saved households more than $165 million on their fuel bills so far. Northlander works with Climate and Development experts ClimateCare to support this project.
“Every month I used to sell about 2,500-2,700 liners. Which means we manufacture about 2,700 stoves in a month. Our children are now in university through this work.”
Mr. Ebrahim ‘Lucky’ Dowda, Gyapa distributor
“I sell Gyapa for 10 years now. It has improved my education and contributes to my family income. I also use Gyapa in the house.”
Rahil, Gyapa retailer in Madina Market
Bondhu Chula Stove - Clean Cooking Solutions
This project supports the uptake of clean cooking solutions in Bangladesh by making the ‘Bondhu Chula’ stove accessible to more households – reducing emissions through lowering fuel usage.
The Bangladesh Bondhu Foundation’s clean cookstove, the ‘Bondhu Chula’ (which loosely translates as the ‘friendly stove’), has a combustion chamber that ensures a more efficient burn–reducing fuel use. Its chimney also directs harmful pollutants out of the house, reducing indoor air pollution and improving respiratory health. The project supports livelihoods as well, training micro-entrepreneurs to produce and distribute the stoves. Northlander works with Climate and Development experts ClimateCare to support this project.
"Our unique seven-day training programme teaches entrepreneurs to produce and install stoves, as well as quality assurance, monitoring, and after-sales service."
Khaleq Zaman, Bangladesh Bondhu Foundation
A mother shows her child how to pack wood into the combustion chamber ahead of cooking a meal.
A young woman cooking a meal on her Bondhu Chula cookstove.