Finalists announced for 2012 Ashden Awards

We are excited to announce the selection of 15 clean energy pioneers across the UK and developing world as finalists for the Ashden Awards 2012. The finalists will compete for more than £190,000 in prize money, with the winners to be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on 30 May 2012.

From involving local communities in constructing micro-hydro plants in Afghanistan to providing advice on home energy efficiency options in the UK, this year’s finalists aren’t just cutting carbon – they’re also boosting economies, binding communities together and transforming lives. 

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of Ashden said: “In this International Year for Sustainable Energy for All, our finalists offer a glimpse of a thriving low-carbon future for everyone. They are leading the way in showing how progress on cutting carbon can go hand-in-hand with creating new livelihoods, empowering women, improving health and education outcomes and aiding economic recovery during tough times.

“We are committed to sharing the lessons they have learned so they can be replicated far and wide.”

Six sustainable travel initiatives from the UK, France and Belgium have also been selected for the inaugural Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel. They stand to win a share of over £35,000 in prize money.

Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar Chief Executive said: “Launching this award with sustainability experts Ashden has allowed us to showcase some of the most ground-breaking sustainable travel projects in the UK, France and Belgium. Each of the six finalists has demonstrated excellence and an innovative approach through their various projects. By celebrating their achievements and successes we hope to inspire even more people to travel sustainably and consider the environment when making their own travel choices.”

Five UK winners, five international winners and two sustainable travel winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony on 30 May.

We are now in the 12th of our Awards, which champion practical, local energy solutions that cut carbon, protect the environment, reduce poverty and improve people’s lives in the UK and developing world.

Read more about the UK Ashden Award finalists.

Read more about the International Ashden Award finalists.

Read more about the Eurostar Ashden Sustainable Travel Award finalists.