The application process for the 2020 Ashden Awards is now open

In June 2020, six winners from around the world will receive a prize fund and global recognition for their achievements in increasing access to sustainable energy and improving lives through sustainable energy, in response to the climate emergency. 

Why apply for an Ashden Award?

  • Award of up to £20,000
  • National and international media exposure
  • Tailored support to develop your work even further
  • Media materials to help you tell your story

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What we're looking for

In 2020 we will be awarding those working to rapidly decarbonise our world, whilst improving lives. We will be looking for those working on solutions to the climate emergency, through new products, services and behaviour change. When completing your application please indicate the specific category/categories you feel are most relevant to your work. We will consider your application in categories other than the ones you have indicated if we feel they fit your work more closely.

  • Sustainable Cities and Buildings: This award will highlight organisations working in the built environment that are responding to the climate emergency and the lack of sufficient housing, through retrofitting buildings and developing zero carbon buildings, infrastructure and public spaces.
  • Sustainable Mobility:Developing urban areas suffer from excessive pollution and lack of access to transport, resulting in harm to health and reduced opportunities for work, education and leisure. This award will highlight organisations using sustainable mobility to decarbonise and provide access to safe, affordable transport.
  • System Innovation: Systemic change is needed if we are to achieve SDG7. This award will highlight innovation needed to achieve pace and scale of change, including the hardest to reach. We are seeking initiatives focusing on sustainable energy policy, planning and finance and work which takes an integrated, collaborative approach.
  • Humanitarian Energy: 131m people need humanitarian assistance today. Access to clean, reliable energy is a fundamental human need, yet provision in humanitarian settings are severely lacking. This award seeks to highlight innovations in distribution, finance and delivery which is increasing energy access.
  • Natural Climate Solutions: An award highlighting the role of natural systems in capturing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to changes in land-use, whilst enhancing resilience and protecting people’s livelihoods.
  • Cooling: The need for cooling, for people and food, medicines is growing rapidly as the world heats. There is an urgent need to develop and deploy climate-friendly, affordable and efficient cooling solutions. The specific scope of this award is still to be defined but will focus on innovation within this area.

Deadline is 11 December 2019 at 11.59pm GMT.