About Ashden

Ashden is a charity that champions and supports the pioneers in sustainable energy to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world.

Our 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.

Our mission

We believe 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 our creation in 2001, our 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.