Who can apply for a UK Ashden Award
- Businesses: Which must have employees in the UK and be providing their products or services in the UK, although their headquarters may be in a different country.
- Social enterprises: Both for profit and non-profit, including community groups.
- Not-for-profit groups: Such as charities, energy agencies or housing associations.
- Public sector organisations: Including local authorities, higher education establishments, hospitals, fire services police services etc.
Who can't apply
Start-up, pilot or demonstration projects - for most applicants we are looking for products and services that have been offered for at least 12 months.
Who can apply for an International Ashden Award
- Businesses, NGOs, social enterprises and government organisations
- The application can be for a specific renewable energy or energy efficiency programme, enterprise or building, or for a specific product or service. This may be the whole work of an organisation or part of it.
- The work must be proven on the market and have been delivered for at least one year.
- The work must be delivered in at least one of the UN’s developing regions of Africa, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia (excluding Japan) and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand) and can be in rural or urban areas. High-income countries in these regions, as defined by the World Bank, are not eligible to apply.
To be shortlisted for an Award, work must:
- Show an innovative approach to sustainable energy. Many Award winners use established technologies, but there must be innovative aspects to the work as a whole. These could include novel approaches to marketing and distribution; better financing schemes; integrating IT, training and skills development; introducing a technology to a different country or region; different business models. Award-winning work must add something to what past winners have shown.
- Have the capacity to expand, or be replicable. We are looking for work that has significant potential to grow and that will encourage the widespread uptake of local sustainable energy.
- Be delivering, or helping to deliver, significant social and economic benefits to individuals and communities. Benefits could include improvements in quality of life, health and welfare, educational facilities, food security, time saving or income-generating activities. Work must respect local culture and customs.
- Be delivering, or helping to deliver, demonstrable benefits to the environment. The work must be providing or saving energy, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and bringing benefits to the local environment.
- Be financially sustainable. We are looking for efficient use of funds and evidence that future funding is secure, whether from sales, carbon finance, investment, grants or any other source. Organisations can be for-profit or not-for-profit, but must have a clear path to being financially sustainable.
- Be run by an organisation with the capacity and commitment to expand the work. Award-winning organisations must demonstrate good governance and management, a continuing commitment to sustainable energy, a willingness to work with others such as finance organisations or training providers, and have the motivation to either significantly expand their sustainable energy programme/enterprise/service or have it replicated widely.