Last year, two outstanding organisations won Ashden Awards for their work installing micro-hydro power in Pakistan, and establishing micro-grids in Kenya. So far, so far away. However, after meeting in London whilst collecting their awards they saw a potential for sharing knowledge.
SHINE is helping people to improve conditions in their homes when the Great British winter is making things cold and damp - this saves money being spent on energy bills and improves people's health too.
This Conference of Parties has received so much media attention from such a wide variety of sources that even your least green-aware friends will have heard of it. Here’s how to bring up the subject without sounding too pious.
We asked Kate Brown, Group Director for Sustainability at Grosvenor, our Sustainable Buildings Award funder, what they look for in a winning project and how they think the future of sustainable buildings is looking.
Stephen Green, Environmental Coordinator at award-winning Ringmer Community College (East Sussex), talks about what makes the school stand out in environmental terms and how he feels schools and pupils can benefit from managing energy and resources better.
For the first time ever the Pope's Encyclical addresses climate change as a direct effect of human behaviour. Our winners are combating this effect, both reducing carbon emissions and benefiting some of the world's poorest people.
Yesterday, 9 June, was the 2015 Ashden International Conference, The Business of Energy: Enterprising solutions to the energy access challenge. It was standing room only in the room at Kings Place, to see the finalists' presentations followed by two lively panel discussions.
This year has been a busy one. From the floods in February, to the news that 2014 has been the hottest year on record, climate change and renewable energy has been in the news a lot – and we’re not expecting it to get any quieter next year.
On Tuesday, Ashden hosted a lecture to discuss future cities in the developed and developing world. Sir David King was the speaker, introduced by our Founder Director, Sarah Butler-Sloss, and one our trustees, Solitaire Townsend of Futerra hosted a Q&A afterwards followed by networking, canapés and drinks.
I've been checking the diary to see what's coming up over the coming months at Ashden, where we'll be and what our winners have been up to - it looks like Christmas is going to come around pretty quickly...
Ann-Marie Hopkins, a teacher at South Farnborough Infant School in Hampshire, is one of the mentors for the new year of our LESS CO2 Programme. This year-long programme of workshops and mentoring starts later this month and will help schools in Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and Devon learn how to reduce their fuel bills and cut carbon emissions.
Baffled by the Base of Pyramid, confused by CFL, or annoyed by acronyms? For all of us involved in the sustainable energy sector it’s easy to slip into using jargon as shorthand. The trouble is, using esoteric terms doesn’t really help inspire others about the fantastic low-carbon world we want to create.
There has been a rush of positive stories from the sustainable energy world recently, from record-breaking statistics of the percentage of energy coming from renewable sources, to the world’s first eco-friendly mosque. Here are just some of the inspiring news stories I’ve seen over the last few weeks.
The Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective is a network of Indian winners of the prestigious Ashden awards. They held a seminar on June 24 covering Renewable Energy in Rural Development. Chaired by Manish Gupta, Minister of Power and Non-Conventional Energy, West Bengal, the seminar was attended by government officials, international organisations, renewable energy entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, researchers and academicians.
If you haven’t been following us on twitter for the past few months, then you have missed out on some funny, insightful and creative tweets… That’s not us being big-headed, we have some amazing followers, including our winners that have entertained and educated us.
Ok, so I’m not really ‘new’ anymore – I started in October – but, this was my first Awards Ceremony with Ashden and in the weeks running up to the big day, I definitely felt like a novice again. It was a real eye-opener to see all the work that goes into planning a whole week of events. There are fundraisers, dinners, round tables, the International Conference and, of course, the Awards Ceremony itself.
Happy Earth Day 2014! All over the world people are getting involved with projects and activities to promote the need for environmental protection and demonstrate their support for a healthy future for our children and their planet.
Following on from the ‘Behind the scenes…’ interviews we have featured with a couple of our external assessors, it’s now the turn of Anne Wheldon, our Knowledge and Research Adviser. I asked her about her trip to Burkina Faso to visit Kéré Architecture, which has designed and built naturally ventilated schools that give children a comfortable environment to study in.
We caught up with David Fulford, a ten-year veteran of assessing Ashden Awards applicants, to find out what he has encountered on his many assessment trips, and why they continue to be both surprising and moving.
On International Women's Day we thought it important to remember the role of clean energy access in acting as a catalyst for change in the prospects of women and girls around the world. Aside from having financial, health and social benefits, it offers new opportunities to develop skills and careers in the energy sector.
We won our Ashden award in 2012, at a time when there was a great deal going on in the home energy efficiency market. With the Green Deal on the horizon, it was a vital time for us to make our mark and to make sure that we weren’t swept away by the entry of a number of big companies into the sector.