The Ashden Blog

Simon Brammer
By Simon Brammer, Ashden UK Programme Manager
“I can’t afford to make any big investments in refurbishing my own home, so as soon as I heard about the opportunity to invest in OVESCO I knew it was something I just had to be a part of", says Lewes resident Sarah Hitchins.
Ashden news
Today we have announced the four finalists for the 2014 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel. Living Streets, Ecotricity, Stad Mechelen in Belgium and Tisséo in Toulouse, France, have each moved a step closer to winning a share of a £30,000 prize fund. Two winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on 22 May 2014.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
Following on from the ‘Behind the scenes…’ interviews we have featured with a couple of our external assessors, it’s now the turn of Anne Wheldon, our Knowledge and Research Adviser. I asked her about her trip to Burkina Faso to visit Kéré Architecture, which has designed and built naturally ventilated schools that give children a comfortable environment to study in.
Ashden news
We are excited to announce the finalists for the 14th Ashden Awards, which will shine a light on sustainable energy trailblazers from the UK and across the globe that are tackling climate change and transforming people’s lives.
Guest blogger
By Victoria Flynn, Fundraising and UK research assistant
The best bit about Ashden has to be our winners. So filling a room full of them makes for a pretty exciting and inspiring day.
Anne Wheldon
By Anne Wheldon, Ashden Knowledge and Research Adviser
Early yesterday morning the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the ‘Summary for policymakers’ of its latest review of global research. It looks at the impacts of climate change to date, the potential future impacts, and the possibilities for ‘adaptation’ – changing the way that we do things in order to live within these impacts.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
We caught up with David Fulford, a ten-year veteran of assessing Ashden Awards applicants, to find out what he has encountered on his many assessment trips, and why they continue to be both surprising and moving.
Ashden news
With the help of a grant from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we're expanding our low-energy sustainable schools programme, which is designed to help schools save money on their fuel bills and reduce their carbon footprint.
Emma-Louise Frost
By Emma-Louise Frost, Ashden Communications Officer
On International Women's Day we thought it important to remember the role of clean energy access in acting as  a catalyst for change in the prospects of women and girls around the world. Aside from having financial, health and social benefits, it offers new opportunities to develop skills and careers in the energy sector.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
How optimistic are you about the future of the planet? Earlier this week Ashden Trustee Solitaire Townsend asked a roomful of Ashden friends, funders and partners to indicate their feelings with a show of hands at the launch of this year's Ashden Friends scheme.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
To mark the start of Climate Week, here's a quick round-up of news from our winners who continue to find creative ways of tackling climate change, saving energy and improving people's lives.
Sarah Butler-Sloss
By Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director
Watching the news every night this week I have been horrified to see the extent of the floods. The images of fields turning into lakes, our coastlines being shattered by waves, homes swamped by water, reporters wading through streets turned into rivers and lives turned upside down have all been shocking.
Sarah Butler-Sloss
By Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director
This week, the biggest ever fuel poverty campaign in UK history, the Energy Bill Revolution, is organising a week-long programme of action designed to raise awareness at the highest political levels of the energy crisis facing the country.
Ashden news
At the start of the biggest fuel poverty campaign week in UK history, Ashden today announced the shortlist for a new outstanding achievement award for success in tackling fuel poverty.
Ashden news
The Government has today (27 January) published the UK’s first ever Community Energy Strategy. Ashden welcomes the move, which has the potential to dramatically scale up community energy across the UK.
Julia Hawkins
By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager
A fascinating RSA report published in December said we all have a responsibility as green practitioners to help shift the debate away from arguing whether or not climate change exists, and whose fault it is – to the solutions.
Simon Brammer
By Simon Brammer, Ashden UK Programme Manager
If I asked you to give me £100 and guaranteed to give you £400 back six months later, would you accept my offer? This is the kind of return on investment that LED light bulbs offer. So why aren't more people switching to low-energy bulbs?
Guest blogger
By Richard Griffiths, Business Development Manager, Parity Projects
We won our Ashden award in 2012, at a time when there was a great deal going on in the home energy efficiency market. With the Green Deal on the horizon, it was a vital time for us to make our mark and to make sure that we weren’t swept away by the entry of a number of big companies into the sector.
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