Ashden Awards

The Ashden Awards bring to light  inspiring sustainable energy solutions in the UK and developing world  and help ensure that they are spread more widely. From an entrepreneur  rolling out solar power across rural India to a school adopting clean  energy and green learning in England, our winners are passionate about bringing change to their communities and the planet.

Since we were set up in 2001 we’ve helped more than 100  innovative projects develop their work. Today the Awards are an  internationally recognised yardstick for excellence in the field of  sustainable energy.

At the heart of the Ashden Awards is a  rigorous judging process culminating in a prestigious ceremony in London  where prizes are presented to winners from all corners of the globe to  help further their work. But our awards are not just about handing  over a prize: they’re part of a broader process that’s designed to last —  sharing knowledge, passing on experience and offering advice and support where it’s wanted.

Throughout the year we hold up our winners  as shining examples of green energy in practice. We bring them to a  wider audience through the international media, seminars and  presentations and we introduce them to influential people and organisations to help change their thinking and policy.

With these activities and the Ashden Schools Resource, we’re  finding effective ways to inspire others to adopt sustainable energy  solutions.

When it comes to developing cleaner,  sustainable energy solutions, some of the most ingenious and practical  ideas are coming out of communities in the developing world.

Every year, enterprises in Africa, Asia and Latin America apply for our awards and win the chance to bring their sustainable  energy solutions into the international arena.

We look for schemes that are technically rigorous, have an  element of innovation and — most importantly — make a genuine difference  to  local peoples’ lives, both socially and economically. Many are doing  this by boosting local peoples’ income, providing employment or  training, installing lighting for schoolwork and even improving women’s  status in their community.

An Ashden International Award brings:

  • An Award prize of £20,000 or £40,000 for  expanding your work.
  • Kudos of winning a prestigious  Ashden Award.
  • A short, broadcast-quality  documentary film of your Award-winning work.
  • Presentations and films of your  work shown to a large and influential audience at the ceremony and  conference.
  • National and international  publicity.
  • Tailored support to help the  Award-winning work go further, including introductions to grant,carbon  and investment finance.
  • Membership of the network of  Ashden Award-winners, who are all leading practitioners in local,  sustainable energy.

Who can apply for an Ashden International Award?

  • We are looking for work in rural and urban  areas, delivering renewable energy or energy efficiency measures that  improve peopleâ ™s social and economic prospects, and tackle climate  change.
  • Businesses, NGOs, social  enterprises and government organisations working in developing economies  (which do not have developed world standards of living), such as  Africa, Latin America and southern and eastern Asia are all eligible to apply.
  • The application can be for a  specific programme, or a product or service that has been proven on the  market. This may be the whole work of your organisation, or part of your  work.

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