The Ashden Blog

By Ellen Dobbs, Ashden International Programme Officer
'Plop plop' means 'quick, quick' in Creole, which is spoken in Haiti, where Founder Duquesne Fednard and his team sells fuel-efficient cookstoves. I caught up with him to find out how the business is getting on.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
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.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
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...
Ashden news
A royal recruit has marked the successful one-year anniversary for an innovative carbon cutting network that brings together some of Britain’s biggest landowners.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
The Eurostar Ashden Sustainable Travel Award came into being in 2012 and six organisations including Sustrans and Ecotricity have been recognised so far. We've been chatting to Eurostar to find out more about how we can all travel more sustainably.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
A new series of papers by the Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective synthesises the critical issues affecting the country's decentralised renewable energy sector.
Guest blogger
By James Sawabini, Off.Grid:Electric
Off.Grid:Electric won the 2014 Citi Ashden Award for Innovation in Finance. They've sent us an update about how winning has affected the company and where they are heading next.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
CEO of Impax Asset management Ian Simm shares his views on the prospects for boosting the energy storage and energy demand management sector in the UK.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
The 2015 Ashden UK Awards will highlight innovative solutions to the challenges of energy storage, energy demand management and energy efficiency. Here's why.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
With Energy Saving Week coming up next week, the Ashden team offer their tips on how to save energy and stay warm over the winter.
Simon Brammer
By Simon Brammer, Ashden UK Programme Manager

The Fit for the Future Network began with an Ashden Gold Award. Here's the story so far.

Jo Walton
By Jo Walton, Ashden Head of Communications and Deputy Director
Knowing the Ashden Award-winning work of the National Trust in Wales and Infosys in India, I’m familiar with the concept of retrofitting buildings, even hard-to-treat heritage properties, to make them more energy efficient. I wasn’t expecting to encounter it when I visited one of the world’s most iconic buildings in New York earlier this summer.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
Community Energy Fortnight is back for its second year to celebrate the inspiring projects and groups that are springing up across the country and putting communities back into power.
Ashden news
Senior management staff from 56 schools across London, Devon, Essex, Surrey and Hampshire are going back to the classroom this month to start a year-long programme to learn about how to save money on their fuel bills and cut their carbon emissions.
By Pete Knight, Ashden Fundraising Assistant
Ashden's new fundraising assistant Pete Knight reflects on his first week.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
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.
Ashden news
Ashden launched its call for entries for its 2015 Awards today, marking the start of its search for pioneering programmes and enterprises that will be showcased as sustainable energy leaders at the Ashden Awards in June next year.
Sarah Butler-Sloss
By Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director
At Ashden we have been in absolute shock and deep sadness to hear of Stephen Lloyd’s tragic and sudden death last Wednesday.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
If, like me, you're planning to squeeze in a late summer holiday in the UK and need inspiration on how to spend it, you'll be pleased to know that September is brimming with sustainable fun.
Emily Haves
By Emily Haves, Ashden International Programme Officer

I’ll be moving on from Ashden this September (first stop: visiting 2014 winner Off Grid Electric in Tanzania!) – a perfect time to reflect on what I’ve learned in my three years here.