Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are globally recognised as a mark of excellence in the field of green energy. 

Apply now for the 2020 Ashden Awards.

Are you part of a scheme – or know of one – that’s tackling the climate emergency using natural solutions, breaking new ground in renewable energy generation, reducing energy demand, increasing access to energy, or encouraging more sustainable forms of transport?

As the urgency of the climate crisis we face becomes clearer, and deadlines for meeting targets nearer, we are looking for solutions that leave no-one behind. From fuel poverty to access to clean, affordable electricity, energy underpins good healthcare, education and employment. 

If so, we’d love to hear from you:

Apply for an Ashden Award for International Development

Apply for an Ashden Award for Cities

Why enter?

  • A global platform to showcase your work
  • Prize fund of up to £20,000
  • Communications support and media materials
  • On-going tailored support to help you grow

Detailed information for applicants. 

FAQsAnswers to all the most common questions around the Awards can be found here.

Eligible countries: See a list of eligible countries here.

DFID has been pleased to support the International Ashden Awards for the last four years, helping game-changing, sustainable energy companies, technologies and leaders to grow their transformational work.

Gemma May Sustainable Energy Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Meet the judges

We are particularly honoured to have won an Ashden Award as this really is the most prestigious accolade in the alternative technology area. In a rapidly changing world Ashden have consistently shown that their collective fingers are very much on the pulse of what is new and transformative.

Sam Duby, SteamaCo 2015 Award Winner

See more from our winners

2020 Awards timeline

Application / Deadline 11/12/2019

Applications for the 2020 Ashden Awards are now open. They will close on 11 December at 11.59pm GMT. 

If your application is longlisted, we will get in touch to better understand your work and assure ourselves of your financial viability.

Apply for a 2020 UK Ashden Award Apply for a 2020 International Ashden Award

Longlist / Announced 07/01/2020

The longlist for the 2020 Ashden Awards will be announced in early January. 

Finalists / Announced 02/03/2020

If you are shortlisted we will get in touch to arrange a visit to assess your work – the visit usually lasts a whole day in the UK and 2 days for other countries. It involves someone from Ashden and sometimes a representative from the funder or partner  of the award.

Winners / Announced 08/06/2020

The winners of the 2020 Ashden Awards will be made public in June 2020. Find out more about 2019's winners here. 

Sir David Attenborough spoke at the 2010 Ashden Awards, "What an inspring evening! I am humbled by what I've seen from these Award Winners. I congratulate them and thank the Ashden Awards for occasions like this".

Ashden Awards Ceremony

Held in central London, the Awards Ceremony is a highlight of the sustainability calendar.

A full auditorium at the Royal Geographic Society