Finalists announced for 2014 Ashden Awards

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.

Our UK finalists include a national crowd-funding platform for renewable energy, businesses that are bringing the prospect of zero-carbon buildings one step closer to reality, and community energy pioneers that are helping people take control of their energy supply. Finalists for the UK School Awards are embracing the energy-saving challenge and galvanising young people to help protect our planet.

International finalists are transforming lives and tackling climate change in Burkina Faso, Cambodia, India, Myanmar and Tanzania. They include not-for-profit organisations that are finding sustainable ways of increasing agricultural yields and preserving water, to businesses developing creative solutions to meeting the poor’s energy needs, designing low-carbon buildings and using sustainable energy to improve the lives of women and girls.

Said Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director:
“With the recent stark warnings from the IPCC of the impacts of climate change, especially for the most vulnerable, we need to find solutions before it is too late. But in the UK and around the world there are incredible people doing incredible things to reduce carbon emissions and to find creative ways of adapting to the effects of climate change. Our job is to shine a light on those organisations and to help them grow further.”  

Finalists for the 2014 International Ashden Awards are:

  • Greenway Grameen, India
  • Infosys, India
  • Kéré Architecture, Burkina Faso/Africa
  • Mera Gao Power, India
  • Off.Grid:Electric, Tanzania
  • Proximity Designs, Myanmar
  • Rajasthan Horticulture Development Society, India
  • SimGas, Tanzania
  • Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprise, India
  • Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise, Cambodia.

Finalists for the 2014 UK Ashden Awards are:

  • Abundance Generation
  • Centre for Sustainable Energy
  • Global Action Plan
  • Demand Logic
  • Hemcrete Projects
  • Pure Leapfrog
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency

Finalists for the 2014 Ashden School Awards are:

  • Ashton Vale Primary School in Bristol
  • Sir George Monoux College, Walthamstow, London
  • St Faith's Independent School, Cambridge

This year’s International Ashden Awards are supported by Citi Microfinance; the UK Department for International Development; the US Agency for International Development and The Waterloo Foundation.

Our UK Ashden Awards are supported by Armstrong Energy; Coutts Foundation; Garfield Weston Foundation and Impax Asset Management.

Four finalists for the 2014 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel will be announced later this week.

Winners will be announced at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 22 May, with each to receive an award of between £5,000 and £40,000 and support to grow their work even further.

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