Ashden, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is delighted to announce today a new 2014 award for innovators using clean energy technologies to increase production in the agricultural sector.
The USAID Ashden Energy for Agriculture Award is free to enter and open for entries until 5 November 2013. After a rigorous judging process the winner will receive an award of up to £40,000 at a prestigious ceremony in London on 22 May 2014.
Our search begins today for winners of the 2014 Ashden Awards, offering the chance for sustainable energy trailblazers in the UK and developing world to receive global recognition for their efforts and join an elite community of Ashden alumni.
Entry to the Ashden Awards is free and the closing date is 5 November. Following the most rigorous judging process of any green award scheme we know of, in May next year a total of £210,000 in prize money will be awarded to 13 outstanding winners across four award categories.
Winners of the 2013 Ashden Awards were announced this evening at an emotional and inspirational ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
14 outstanding winners across 5 categories were hailed for using local sustainable energy to tackle poverty and climate change in the UK and developing world. The ceremony, now in its 13th year, was hosted by cultural commentator and broadcaster Emma Freud.
In a little over 2 weeks’ time we’ll be coming to the end of a long journey. It started last September, when we began our search for the most exciting sustainable energy enterprises and programmes across the UK, the developing world and small island states.
After close of entries at the end of October, our Awards team started poring over application forms, assessing environmental, social and economic impacts as well as financial viability, and presenting their recommendations to our judging panel.
The Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective has been formally launched, with the mission of championing renewable energy and ending India’s vicious cycle of energy poverty.
Formed of 20 Ashden Award winners, the Collective has now received official recognition from the Indian Government, which means that it can bid for contracts and apply for grant funding to improve energy access for people living in India.