Ashden Awards Ceremony
Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future and Acting Chair of Ashden
Held at the Royal Geographical Society in central London and open to everyone, the Awards Ceremony is a highlight of the sustainable energy calendar and this year took place on 9 June.
During the evening short films on the winners are broadcast, followed by presentation of the Awards. A private reception is held for special guests.
The awards are given in different categories, with an overall UK Gold Award and an overall International Gold Award.
In 2016 there were two new international awards, one recognising efforts to use sustainable energy technologies to increase access to water in areas where it is currently lacking, and the other celebrating sustainable solutions that are changing how people travel around.
Since 2001, we have been honoured to have world-leading figures as guest speakers: HRH Prince Charles, Ms Wangari Maathai, Mr Al Gore, Sir David Attenborough, Dr Kandeh Yumkella, David Cameron MP, Hilary Benn MP, Greg Barker MP, Lord May of Oxford and Dr RK Pachauri.
In 2015 our ceremony was hosted by cultural commentator and broadcaster Emma Freud and in 2016 was hosted by BBC News presenter and journalist Mishal Husain.