Winners of the 2011 Ashden Awards announced

Greg Barker MP with Suraj Wahab Ologburo, Toyola Stoves, Ghana

Ten outstanding projects took centre stage at last week’s Ashden Awards ceremony to receive global recognition for their work pioneering local clean energy both in the UK and internationally.

 

For the UK Awards, Radian, based in Hampshire, was announced as overall Gold Award winner and received a cash prize of £20,000. The UK winners were: the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Powys, Wales, Midlands Wood Fuel Ltd, Shrewsbury, Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA), Gloucestershire and Transition Town Totnes, Devon each receiving prizes of £10,000.

For the International Awards, Toyola Energy from Ghana received the international Gold Award of £40,000. The international winners were: Abellon CleanEnergy, India, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS), Pakistan, Husk Power Systems, India  and Toughstuff, Africa,  receiving prizes of £20,000 each.

Sarah Butler-Sloss Founder Director of the Ashden Awards commented on the winners:

"Our dream is a world where access to clean, affordable electricity and fuel can be enjoyed by the poor, transforming living standards, reducing CO2 emissions and easing the pressure on our dwindling forests. The 2011 Ashden Award winners are making this vision a reality, and their potential for expansion and replication is high. It is our sincere hope that others are inspired to enable their growth and follow their lead”.

Our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, said about this year’s winners:

 “The Ashden Awards show what it is possible to do now in saving resources and cutting emissions. They remind us how, as individuals, we can make a huge difference to the world in which we live.  In a nutshell, they remind us that acting locally is, in fact, acting globally.”

(image: Gregory Barker, UK Minister for Climate Change, with Suraj Wahab Ologburo, Toyola Energy Ltd., Ghana)