The application process for the 2020 Ashden Awards is now open

Are you taking urgent climate action? 

In June 2020, we will be handing out four out of a total 11 Awards to leaders in delivering energy efficient buildings, new or retrofit, reducing air pollution by making transport more sustainable, and innovating in sustainable energy, and acting on the climate emergency. (See our International Awards page for information about the five Sustainable Energy for Development Awards.) 

Winning an Ashden Award is just the beginning of the journey – you’ll be joining an alumni of over 225 sustainability pioneers and be central to our wider work. Our liveable cities programme connects our winners with sustainability leaders, policy makers and citizens' groups in the UK, ensuring the solutions you have inform decisions they make about our future.

Why enter?

  • Prize money of £10,000 per Award
  • National media exposure
  • Access to policy makers and investors
  • Ongoing tailored support to help you expand your work
  • Year round speaking opportunities and networking events


What are we looking for?

The Ashden Awards reward organisations that deliver sustainable energy at the local level, and through this bring social, economic and environmental benefits. In 2020 we will make up to four UK Awards, each of which comes with a prize of up to £10,000:

  • Local authorities acting on the climate emergency: Thanks to Greta Thunberg and Extinction
    Rebellion, many local authorities across the UK have passed a motion declaring a climate emergency – but few have yet acted on it. This award will highlight the councils that have already taken action – inspiring and innovative action published credible, funded plans and begun to deliver them.
  • Sustainable Buildings: This award will highlight organisations responding to the climate emergency, by retrofitting and developing zero carbon buildings, infrastructure and public spaces. It will consider how green walls, natural landscaping, cycling and public transport links, and food growing can be used alongside construction to bring embodied and operational CO2 emissions to net-zero and increase resilience to climate change.
  • Energy Innovation: Real progress has been made in renewable energy generation, but progress has been much slower in decarbonising heat, transport and industry. Rapid decarbonisation must start immediately and be maintained until net-zero is reached. This award will recognise innovations in technology, business models or finance delivering a net reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.
  • Clean Air: To decarbonise transport and reduce air pollution, while reducing congestion and improving health, the UK needs to reduce the need for longer journeys and make shorter journeys easier to carry out by walking or cycling. The same approach needs to be taken for goods. This award will highlight organisations that are overcoming the barriers to rapid progress.

From attending the Ashden Award events in 2011 and hoping for eligibility to applying in 2016 and meeting the astute judging panel, preparing for the presentation with the other winners, to the distinguished guests on the night, it’s been a great journey.

Agamemnon Otero, CEO, Repowering London, 2016 Award Winner