The Ashden Blog

Guest blogger
By Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of Ashden
Ashden's Founder Director Sarah Butler-Sloss shares her initial reaction to the EU Referendum outcome and what it means for the sustainable energy sector.
Guest blogger
By Mike Pepler, Ashden UK Awards Manager
The New London Awards recognise the very best new architecture, planning and development in the capital, and this year include a special Ashden Prize which focuses on the energy efficiency of the buildings submitted. Out of several hundred applicants to the Awards, five outstanding projects across different sectors have been shortlisted.
Guest blogger
By Elke Fabry, Communications intern
Catch up on all buzz from the International Conference and the Ceremony including the tweets and photos you might have missed.
Ann Noon
By Ann Noon, PR and Digital Media Manager
Twelve organisations and programmes spanning four continents have been announced as winners of the 2016 Ashden Awards. And read on to find out who our two incredible Gold Award winners are this year.
Guest blogger
By James Gadsby-Peet, Director of digital, William Joseph
James Gadsby Peet, Director of Digital with our long-standing friends William Joseph, has written a brilliant account of the 2016 Ashden International Conference which focused on how to move up the energy ladder in an off-grid world. Here, he takes us through some key themes of the day.
Guest blogger
By Simon Brammer, UK Programme Manager
Just like the way we watch TV is changing, the energy system that powers our kettles and TVs is also going through a massive transformation. Some of our 2016 finalists are at the very forefront of that transformation.
Guest blogger
By Elke Fabry, Ashden communications intern
Less than a year ago Belgian company Tapazz won the Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel. Maarten Kooiman shares with Ashden some innovative tech developments and how Ashden has helped.
Guest blogger
By Elke Fabry, Ashden communications team
Over 1.3 billion people globally live without access to electricity and 3 billion people cook and heat their homes with open fires and inefficient biomass stoves, resulting in a staggering 4.3 million deaths each year from indoor house pollution. The 2016 Ashden International Conference, sponsored by Armstrong Energy Global, will explore these issues.
Guest blogger
By Victoria Charleston, Policy and Research Officer, Ashden
Candidates in the London mayoral election have all offered up a vision of a sustainable, healthy London. Whoever is elected could learn a thing or two from the vast wealth of experience of previous Ashden Award winners and current finalists.
Guest blogger
By Simon Roberts OBE, Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy
Smart energy could be amazing. Which means that a Smart Energy City in the UK could be really amazing. Right?
Sarah Butler-Sloss
By Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director
Visiting to catch up with some of Ashden's Award winners, past and present, I found there to be a definite buzz in the air about the clean and sustainable forms of energy that the country is embracing head on.
Guest blogger
By Elke Fabry, Ashden communications team
In 2014 Proximity Designs won the Ashden Award for Energy and Agriculture. In an interview with Fiona Natusch, Business Development Manager, we learn about the new Lotus solar irrigation pump and other projects in the pipeline.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
We are excited to announce the 2016 Ashden Awards finalists.
Guest blogger
By Karina Sidenius, Marketing Executive, Abundance Generation
Last week Swindon became the first council in the UK to launch a solar bond. Guest blogger Karina Sidenius from Abundance Generation, a 2014 Ashden Award winner, tells us how the council is building a more sustainable town.
Guest blogger
By Mike Snowden, UK Programme Officer
On Wednesday 10 February, we held a one-day conference, “Tackling energy demand and management to achieve real reduction in non-domestic buildings”, with our friends at Arup. Here are some of the more unusual findings from the day, as well as things we can always do with being reminded of.
Guest blogger
By Victoria Charleston, Research and Development Officer
Our Research and Development Officer Victoria was stateside last week with a ringside seat at the New Hampshire primary.
Ashden news
New London Awards includes special Ashden Prize for first time
Ann Noon
By Ann Noon, PR and Digital Media Manager
Ahead of the new much reduced Feed-In Tariff (FiT) rates for small scale solar, wind and hydro power coming into effect next week, we have produced an alarming new report detailing how businesses, communities and employers around the UK are already being affected.
Guest blogger
By Ann Noon
It’s official! The longlist for the 2016 Ashden Awards has been selected and a total of 49 amazing green energy organisations from all over the world are in the running.
Guest blogger
By Ellen Dobbs, International Programme Officer
As London gears up to host its biggest ever light festival, Lumiere London, our International Programme Officer Ellen Dobbs helps to stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder with some light therapy of her own.
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