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A new report published today by Ashden and Christian Aid reveals how donors, investors, technical experts and policy makers can improve support to enterprises providing access to clean energy in the developing world.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
To continue the theme of our #Volts4Women campaign in May, we are publishing a series of interviews on the theme of Women in Power, featuring some of the most inspiring women whose organisations were recognised with Ashden Awards on 22 May. Today it's the turn of Erica Mackey, COO of Off.Grid: Electric, which won the Citi Ashden Award for Innovation in Finance.
Emily Haves
By Emily Haves, Ashden International Programme Officer
Many enterprises are working to solve the huge problem of energy poverty in the developing world by delivering electricity to the 1.3 billion who live off the main grid, or by selling improved cook stoves to people cooking over smoky stoves or open fires that damage their health.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
Wednesday was a very busy day at Ashden. This year we are focusing on partnerships more than ever, so we had two events in one day about making and benefitting from them.
Guest blogger
By Richard Dunne, Head Teacher, Ashley Primary School
Ladakh, the land of high passes, is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in the north of India. Nestling between the Kunlun mountains and the mighty Himalayas, it’s a remote part of the world, with many villages only accessible by foot or donkey. I was invited there by the Mahabodhi School outside the capital of Leh to help them develop a programme of learning that would give a greater sense of purpose to what the students learn and do at the school.
Chhavi Sharma
By Chhavi Sharma, International Programme Manager
My first annual Ashden conference, as part of the team. Even though I attended the Ashden's annual conference back in 2011, I knew this year was going to be very different.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
The theme of women in energy ran through this year's Ashden Awards Week, with our social media campaign #Volts4Women reaching more than 790,000 people. To continue the theme, we decided to publish a series of interviews with some of the most inspiring women whose organisations were recognised with Ashden Awards on 22 May.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
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.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
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.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
Our international conference yesterday discussed how to increase women's access to clean cooking and electricity in the developing world. One of the barriers to progress, said a speaker, is that there are few examples of women getting involved in the sector - whether that's installing solar equipment, selling clean cookstoves or running a clean energy business. Why is that?
Sarah Butler-Sloss
By Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director
In the 21st century, providing food for your family shouldn’t mean gambling with their lives. But that's exactly what more than a third of women around the world are doing when they use wood, coal, charcoal or animal dung for cooking or heating.
Ashden news
Fourteen trailblazing sustainable energy enterprises from the UK, France, Belgium, Africa, India and Southeast Asia have been announced today (22 May) as winners of this year’s Ashden Awards, the world’s leading green energy awards. Winners were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
In exactly one week's time it'll all be kicking off again – in the best possible way of course. Ashden Award finalists from as far afield as Myanmar, Cambodia, Tanzania and, er, Didcot, will be descending on London to join our annual celebration of the most exciting sustainable energy programmes and companies we’ve unearthed this year.
Ed Dean
By Ed Dean, Head of Development
Storm clouds were marching towards Aldershot last Friday, so I was glad to be safe in the shelter of First Wessex’s interactive sustainable home. The interactive home was part of the housing association’s impressive Heronwood retrofit project – 20 flats that have been upgraded with external wall insulation, condensing boilers, draft proofing, heat recovery ventilation and solar PV panels.
Mike Pepler
By Mike Pepler, Ashden UK Awards Manager
At Ashden, we’re always interested in data, whether it’s the number of UK cavity wall insulations completed in the past year, how many people are using improved cookstoves in East Africa or how much energy a school has saved through a behaviour change campaign. It’s only by capturing and analysing data that you know whether your work is delivering the desired results or not, and it’s something we always look for in applicants for the Ashden Awards.
Mike Pepler
By Mike Pepler, Ashden UK Awards Manager
More than a third of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings, so it’s vital to make sure that new buildings are efficient. But construction itself also causes emissions, so it is important that building materials have low ‘embodied’ emissions, as well as reducing emissions in use.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
You might have seen some our 'Behind the scenes' blog posts with our judges. Now it's the turn of one of our Award funders to share their experiences of being involved with Ashden. Ian Simm is Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management, which is supporting the Ashden Awards for the second year running. I talked to Ian about the challenges of financing sustainable energy, Impax's involvement with Ashden, and his thoughts on the future of renewable energy and Paris 2015.
Simon Brammer
By Simon Brammer, Ashden UK Programme Manager
As a child who loved sci-fi and had a very active imagination, I dreamed of a future world of individual jet packs, trains that travelled at the speed of sound, hovercraft on the streets and with a bit of luck, a Star Trek-style transporter - all of it powered by some miraculous super-clean energy source not yet discovered.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
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.
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