2015 Ashden Awards now open for entries

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.

We are looking for applicants across three categories of Award: UK, International and Sustainable Travel. Up to 12 awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society on 11 June, with each winner to receive a prize fund of up to £40,000.

As well as a financial award, Ashden also provides winners with a wide-ranging package of support, tailor-made to their needs. This includes business mentoring; introductions to investors; media materials and support with communications. Wining an Ashden Award also represents entry to an elite community of recognised sustainable energy leaders.

Said 2014 Ashden winner Karl Harder of Abundance Generation: “Being around so many fantastic people at the Awards ceremony and receiving so many messages of support was humbling. Since winning our Award we’ve seen nearly a 30% growth in people investing via our platform.”

SolarAid’s Partnerships Manager Charlie Miller said of the solar charity’s 2013 win: " Winning an Ashden Award was the biggest seal of approval you could imagine, putting us on the map and giving us credibility. People really started to listen to what we were saying about the potential of a bottom-up approach to energy access. The award took our partnerships with funders and other stakeholders to another level, and helped us get our voice heard".

Applying for an Ashden Award is free, and the deadline for entries is 4 November 2014. More information about each Award category is here:

Ashden UK Awards
Ashden International Awards
Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel

Since they were established in 2001, Ashden Award winners have brought affordable solar power to remote communities; created cutting edge low-carbon buildings; helped farmers increase crop yields and incomes, trained women to install solar panels; helped develop new markets for cleaner cook stoves that improve people’s health – and much more.

Collectively they have helped transform the lives of nearly 40 million people across the globe, saving 5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

The 2015 Ashden School Awards, which celebrate schools’ achievements in going green and cutting carbon, will be held in the Autumn. The call for entries will be announced in the Spring. Register your interest for a 2015 Ashden School Award here.