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2016 Ashden Awards now open for entries



Ashden is a charity that champions and supports the leaders in sustainable energy to accelerate the transition to a low carbon world. It’s vision is of a world where there is sustainable energy for all. But today 1.5 billion people lack access to modern forms of electricity.

Some 3 billion – more than a third of the world’s population – cook on smoky inefficient stoves and fires, causing dangerous indoor air pollution which causes 4.3 million premature deaths every year. That’s more than double the number of people who die from malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. With greenhouse gas emissions at record-breaking levels, urgent action is needed to mitigate climate change.

Ashden believes sustainable energy is the biggest challenge – and the biggest opportunity – of our time. We uncover the best in sustainable energy and show the world its potential to improve lives, boost economic growth and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world.

Since its creation in 2001, Ashden winners have transformed the lives of more than 45 million people in the UK and developing countries. Their solutions range from simple solar lanterns in Africa that allow children to do their homework after sunset, to low-carbon building innovators in the UK.

Their inspiring stories show how, with ingenuity and determination, even the toughest challenges can be overcome. The impact of their work can be seen in enhanced educational standards, better health and improved livelihoods for the poor, as well as cleaner, more profitable businesses. Together, they offer a vision of a better future for all.

Are you part of a project – or know of one – that’s an innovator in renewable energy generation, energy storage and access to energy, or encouraging more sustainable forms of travel? Are you helping to create more sustainable buildings? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Why apply for an Ashden Award?

  • A global platform to showcase your work
  • Prize fund of up to £30,000
  • Broadcast quality films and media materials
  • Tailored support to help you expand your work even further

Closing date for applications: 3 November 2015. Find out more and apply: