Apply for an Ashden International Award

Be recognised as an international sustainable energy trailblazer of 2016 by a globally renowned award scheme


Applications for 2016 have now closed

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Why enter?

  • Prize money of £20,000; one International Gold Award of £30,000
  • National and international media exposure
  • Tailored support to help you expand your work
  • Access to new networks and investors

What are we looking for?

We are looking for pioneering enterprises and programmes demonstrating achievement in any of the following areas:

  • Increasing energy access for homes or businesses: Increasing energy access to those that have limited or no access by providing renewable energy products or services.
  • Sustainable buildings: Improving energy use in urban buildings, including residential, commercial and public buildings.
  • Developing innovative financial mechanisms or business models for delivering sustainable energy: Organisations providing innovative financial mechanisms or using innovative business to expand access to sustainable energy products or services.
  • Sustainable travel: Innovative enterprises or programmes that are improving access to sustainable travel, encouraging the use of more sustainable modes of travel or using technology to enable more efficient fuel use.
  • Improving the lives of women and girls through sustainable energy: Enterprises or programmes that are providing sustainable energy to women and girls as beneficiaries and creating employment or income-generating activities, or involving them in the supply chain. We are also interested in work benefiting refugees and internally displaced women and girls.
  • Sustainable energy and water: Enterprises or programmes using sustainable energy technologies to deliver increased access to safe and affordable drinking water; or water for agricultural production; or adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene. 

Read our detailed eligibility criteria and find out more

“Winning an Ashden Award was the biggest seal of approval you could imagine, putting us on the map and giving us credibility. People really started to listen to what we were saying about the potential of a bottom-up approach to energy access. The award took our partnerships with funders and other stakeholders to another level.”
Charlie Miller, Partnerships Manager SolarAid (Gold Award winner 2013)

Read about our 2016 international winners