The Ashden Blog

Guest blogger
By Jonathan Warrin, Ashden Fundraising and Communications Assistant
The Rio Olympics opening ceremony put climate change in the spotlight, but will Brazil follow it up by committing to solar power?
Guest blogger
By Rachel Kyte, CEO of SE4All
Where will clean energy be in 2024? Rachel Kyte, CEO of SE4All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, shares her very compelling vision.
Ashden news
Ashden joins 29 other environmental and energy-related organisations in calling on the new UK cabinet to commit to critical EU targets. Here's the text of the joint letter to Greg Clarke, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Guest blogger
By Alex Green, Schools Programme Manager
Devon schools who have just graduated from our LESS CO2 programme share their top energy saving tips.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
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.
Guest blogger
By Will McMyn, Head of Public Affairs, Good Energy
Good Energy’s Head of Public Affairs, Will McMyn, looks at how community involvement will be key to keeping up momentum on renewables in the UK.
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.
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