2016 Ashden International Award winners
Bridges to Prosperity, Global
Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel
In the remote parts of countries like Rwanda, Peru and Nicaragua, walking is the primary form of transportation and many people have to walk much further than they need to get to river crossing points because there aren’t the bridges. Bridges to Prosperity not only builds bridges but also teaches communities how to build and maintain these connections to healthcare, education and employment. Its projects span the globe, bringing people together through construction training. In total, the organisation has completed 203 bridges in 20 countries and 65,000 return trips are made every day.
Frontier Markets, India
Ashden Award for Clean Energy for Women and Girls, supported by UK aid
In India, villages are dispersed and the terrain is rugged with patchy roads. Despite these challenges, Frontier Markets focuses on reaching the poorest and most remote areas. The business offers a unique distribution model to provide high quality solar lamps and other solar systems to hard-to-reach villages, using a network of trained women called Solar Sahelis to be the face of their marketing and after-sales service. To date, Frontier Markets has sold over 127,000 clean energy products in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.
Greenlight Planet, Global
Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access, supported by the IKEA Foundation
By developing and manufacturing reliable solar products Greenlight Planet is on a mission to deliver light that everyone can afford. With sales to date of over five million solar products across 40 countries, the organisation is well on its way. Greenlight Planet carefully selects partners who can distribute to the most remote regions. Their nine Sun King products range from the smallest US$8 lamp up to the US$125 solar home system (three lights and two charging sockets). Pay-as-you-go is available for lamps as well as the more expensive systems bringing solar within reach of many more low-income families.
Nazava Water Filters, Indonesia
Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Water, supported by the Waterloo Foundation
Most people in Indonesia rely on wells or springs for their water supply, and even where tap water is available it is never safe to drink. Some 15,000 Indonesian children under five die annually from waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea. Nazava water filters enable lower income households to purify their well or tap water without the need to boil it by burning wood or using electricity. This reduces disease and sickness, lowers household costs and reduces CO₂ emissions. The company has sold 53,000 water filters and reached 200,000 people since 2009.
Shanghai Landsea Planning & Architectural Design Co.Ltd, China
Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings, supported by Grosvenor
Shanghai Landsea Planning & Architectural Design Co.Ltd is a founding member of the China Green Building Council and a leading practitioner of green buildings, owning many patents in building technologies. Established in 2001, Landsea Design has been led by its green strategy, installing insulation, efficient air conditioning and ventilation systems as standard in the 2.5 million square metres of buildings that it has worked on. China will account for about half of the new construction globally in the coming decade and the organisation is providing comfortable, affordable homes in a challenging climate.
Ashden Award for Innovative Finance, supported by Citi
What many beyond-the-grid solar companies need is a reliable and continuous source of debt financing that they can easily access. Based in Tanzania, SunFunder is unlocking capital for this sort of finance by providing investors the opportunity to lend to a carefully selected portfolio of solar businesses. It has so far provided over $8 million of finance to solar businesses in eight African countries and India, helping them to offer solar electricity to thousands of people.