Longlist announced for the 2015 Ashden Awards

The longlist for the 2015 Ashden Awards is announced today, 13 January 2015.

A total of 52 green energy organisations and programmes from 16 countries has been longlisted for the prestigious annual Ashden Awards in June, which will celebrate 11 sustainable energy leaders in the UK and across the globe.

The organisations in the running for this year’s Ashden Awards are as follows.

UK Ashden Awards longlist 
This year we searched for solutions to the challenges of energy storage and demand management, organisations demonstrating achievement in tackling fuel poverty and in generating local, renewable energy. The longlist is:

Beat the Cold, Cherwell District Council/BioRegional, Climate Energy Homes, Demand Logic, Ellergreen Hydro, Enistic, The Green Valleys/TGV Hydro, London Borough of Islington, Low Carbon Hub, Manchester Art Gallery, Max Fordham, Moixa Technology, Open Energi, Severn Wye Energy Agency, Q-Bot.

Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel longlist 
Longlisted organisations from the UK, France and Belgium represent a broad array of initiatives designed to make low-carbon travel the obvious choice. The longlist is:

BikeRight!, Les Bôites a Vélo, Loco2, Province of West Flanders, Mountain Wilderness, Reading Buses, Tapazz, University of Exeter, Visit Isle of Wight, Yomp.

International Ashden Awards longlist
Longlisted applicants from Central America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia are using sustainable energy to improve health, raise incomes, empower women and girls and provide attractive, low-carbon living and working spaces. The longlist is:

Access Energy, Bright Green Energy Foundation, BURN Manufacturing, BBOXX, Claro Energy, Greenlight Planet, Enertiva, Enzen Global Solutions, First Energy, Inspiration, Gham Power, Jibu, Karan Grover and Associates, Kenya National Farmers’ Federation, LEAD Consultancy and Engineering Services India, Mahindra Lifespaces, ONergy, Sarhad Rural Support Programme, Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (EcoCasa), SolarKiosk, Solar Sister, SUNBEST, SunTransfer, Vo Trong Nghia Architects.

Shortlists for each Award category will be announced in March, with Awards to be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 June.

Winners will receive a financial award of between £10,000 and £40,000, a platform to promote their work and tailored support to grow even further.

Funders of the 2015 Ashden Awards include Citibank, the Department for International Development, Eurostar, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Impax Asset Management, the Coutts Foundation and the Waterloo Foundation.

We have just published our first annual impact report, which shows how we are supporting our winners to expand their reach and impact even more people.

Since the Ashden Awards were founded in 2001, we have rewarded 170 enterprises in the UK and across the globe that so far have collectively improved the lives of 45 million people, saving more than 8 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

The 2015 Ashden School Awards will be held in the Autumn, with the call for entries will open in March. Register your interest in applying for an Ashden School Award here.