The Ashden Blog

Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
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.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
Michael Saxton, MD of Grayling Future Planet, shares his insights on how sustainable energy companies can improve their communications.
Jo Walton
By Jo Walton, Ashden Head of Communications and Deputy Director
To represent Ashden at the Future Summit conference, held in New York by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, was a privilege. Seeing countries all over the world pledging to improve the lives of women and girls through sustainable energy re-affirmed the importance of our winners' work.
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.
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