We are now seeking entries for inspirational and innovative programmes from developing countries, the UK and Europe to apply for our 2013 Ashden Awards. Entry is free, with up to 13 awards to be presented a prestigious ceremony in London in June next year.
Ashden Founder Director Sarah Butler-Sloss says: “For our 2013 Ashden Awards we are looking for programmes that are breaking new ground and already making an impact in a number of areas. These include increasing access to energy for the poor; increasing energy efficiency; reducing demand for energy; increasing the use of renewable heat or power or encouraging more sustainable forms of travel.
“Critically, schemes must already be up and running, and be able to demonstrate that they are capable of scaling up and being replicated in order to ensure they have maximum impact in transforming lives and reducing CO2 emissions.”
More information on the criteria and application process for each award category is here:
UK Ashden Awards 4 Awards, including 1 Gold Award
International Ashden Awards 5 Awards, including 1 Gold Award
Ashden Schools Awards 2 Awards for UK schools
As well as prize money, winners also receive a wide-ranging package of benefits, including business advice; introductions to funders and policymakers; a short broadcast-quality film and significant profile-building support.
Mohamed Parpia of Zara Solar won an Ashden International Award in 2007 for his company’s inspirational work in distributing affordable solar products to Tanzania’s poor.
Says Mohamed: “One of the big benefits for me [of winning an Ashden Award] was the confidence it gave people in my products. As well as this I was given practical support to help me prepare a five-year strategic plan, which was really useful in helping me scale up my business.”
The deadline for entry for our UK Awards, the Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel and the Ashden Schools Award is 23 October 2012. The deadline for entry for our international Ashden Award is 30 October 2012.
Since our inception in 2001 we have awarded a total of £2.7 million in prize money to 140 sustainable energy champions from around the world. As a result, 33 million lives have been improved, saving 4 million tonnes of CO2 every year.