The Ashden Blog

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.
Anne Wheldon
By Anne Wheldon, Ashden Knowledge and Research Adviser
On Sunday the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of its latest review of global scientific research. This time it was on the mitigation of climate change – taking action to reduce the emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause climate warming, or removing them from the atmosphere after they have been emitted.
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.
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