2013 Ashden Awards recognise green energy champions

Winners of the 2013 Ashden Awards were announced this evening at an emotional and inspirational ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

14 outstanding winners across 5 categories were hailed for using local sustainable energy to tackle poverty and climate change in the UK and developing world.  The ceremony, now in its 13th year, was hosted by cultural commentator and broadcaster Emma Freud.

Solar lantern charity SolarAid received the International Gold Award – worth £40,000 – for its work to distribute simple study lanterns to people in rural East Africa. With over 500,000 lamps sold since 2010, the charity is now the largest distributor of solar lights in Africa.

The three other international winners were Impact Carbon, WWF DRC and Azuri Technologies

The winner of the Ashden 2013 UK Gold Award was Sustainable Energy Academy/United House. The partnership was commended by the Ashden judges for its revolutionary low-mess, low-cost insulation process which can insulate homes in a matter of hours, reducing fuel bills by up to 40%. 

The other UK winners were: Monodraught®, the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network and National Energy Action

World Bank Ashden Awards for Small Island Developing States were won by Cape Verde’s Cabeólica and D&E Green Enterprises of Haiti. 

Ashden School Awards were picked up by Hollybush Primary School in Derry and South Farnborough Infant School in Hampshire. 

The 2013 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel went to Belgian tram company De Lijn for their Project Meettram, and to UK sustainable travel charity Sustrans

Ashden Founder Director Sarah Butler-Sloss said: “Our winners are amazing people, doing remarkable things. They are champions and leaders in their field. By changing the way we use and generate energy, they transform lives for the better – reducing poverty, improving wellbeing and increasing jobs and livelihoods.”   

Runners up for the International Awards were: MicroEnergy Credits, OMC Power, and Cookswell Jikos. Runners up for the UK Awards were: OVESCO, Breathing Buildings and KiWi Power. 

Runners up for Ashden Eurostar Awards for Sustainable Travel were: Metro and Stagecoach. 

Runners up for the Ashden School Awards were: Thomas A Becket Middle School, Worthing and Cockermouth School, West Cumbria. 

Runners up for the Awards for Small Island Developing States were: Green Power and the National Development Bank of Palau.