Ashden is a London- based charity that works in the field of sustainable energy and development . Its work includes the annual Ashden Awards, advocacy and research in the field of sustainable energy, and mentoring and practical support for winners.

Sarah Butler-Sloss created the awards in 2001, from the Ashden Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. [1] In 2011 Ashden, with its full name registered with the Charity Commission being ‚Ashden, Sustainable Solutions, Better Lives‘. [2]

About the Ashden Awards

Ashden rewards and promotes local sustainable energy solutions in Europe and the developing world through its annual Ashden Awards. Awards are given to organizations and businesses that deliver local, sustainable energy schemes to social, economic and environmental benefits. Awards are offered in several different categories, including UK and international awards. Awards for sustainable travel have been provided since 2012. To help the winners, each award includes a cash prize.

The Awards ceremony

The Ashden Awards is held annually at the Royal Geographical Society in London . Previous hosts include broadcasters Emma Freud , [3] Anna Ford , [4] John Humphrys [5] and Jonathan Dimbleby [6] and environmental journalist Mark Lynas .

Guest speakers in recent years have included Kandeh Yumkella , Prince Charles , Sir David King , Wangari Maathai , [7] Al Gore , David Attenborough , Hilary Benn , (the then UK Secretary of State for International Development), Dr. RK Pachauri , Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , David Cameron , (Leader of the Conservative Party) and Lord May of Oxford, (former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government).

After presenting the prizes at the 2007 Al Gore ceremony commented: [8]

„No one can wait for an event like the Ashden Awards and fail to be inspired.“ world.These Awards tell us how to illuminate this path to a sustainable future together I hope we can make it quickly. „

Support programs

Ashden provides a package of support for organizations after they win their awards. It also runs ‚LESS CO2‘, a peer-to-peer mentoring program for schools to learn from each other about energy saving. [9] In 2011 Ashden helped set up the Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective, [10] made up of Ashden Award winners working in India. The Collective works to end energy poverty in India by acting as a unified voice for the sustainable energy sector.

Ashden seminars and conferences

Ashden also holds specialist awards and winners winners with practitioners, academics, and those who make or influence policy. Examples of recent seminars include one held at Imperial College [11] and another held at DFID . [12]

List of winners

Main article: List of Ashden Award winners

The Ashden Awards have been presented to 205 organizations, including NGOs, businesses, local governments and schools.

See also

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy Globe Awards


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