A sales agent with Empower Generation, who won an Ashden Award in 2017

Our annual Awards Ceremony identifies the most exciting climate action around the world – and our work goes far beyond our awards. We push for the changes needed to roll out sustainable energy solutions to those who need them most, and drive our winners forward. 

We have just a few years to avert climate catastrophe, and every wasted month makes the challenge ahead far more difficult. Failed energy systems of the past have left 840 million people without access to electricity - resulting in fewer opportunities for employment, education and leisure activities. 

Helping our winners grow 

Working with expert partners, we offer our winners a package of support to help them expand. This is tailored to each winner and ranges from mentoring, business and technical guidance to introductions to finance. We also help broker partnerships between winners, so they can increase their impact. 

Sharing best practice 

We provide ways for our Award winners to share their expertise, encouraging others to follow their lead. These include our flagship LESS CO2 mentoring programme for schools in the UK, as well as conferences and other events. Our online resources section also offers a wealth of detailed information about sustainable energy technologies, as well as inspiring videos and photos.

The 2016 Ashden Awards Ceremony

Influencing finance and policy

To move closer towards our low-carbon vision we need tangible, powerful examples to inspire others to act. We champion our winners’ solutions through events, publicity, research and engagement in policy consultations, and we work with our winners to help them better understand how to influence energy policy. 

Divestment from the fossil fuel industry is vital – but it must be matched with investment in sustainable alternatives, particularly young enterprises or projects with the potential for scale and replication, like our winners. 

The finance industry must create products and opportunities to make investment attractive, and the urgency of the climate crisis means ethical investors should target rapid, large-scale impact and systemic change. We connect our winners and finalists to relevant funding networks through pitching events and other opportunities throughout the year. 

Influencing policy

To move closer towards our low-carbon vision we need tangible, powerful examples to inspire others to act. We champion our winners’ solutions through events, publicity, research and engagement in policy consultations, and we work with our winners to help them better understand how to influence energy policy.

Our Patron is His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Ashden Founder Director Sarah Butler Sloss, with Nick Hurd MP and Ajaita Shah, Founder of 2016 winner Frontier Markets