All the winners at the 2018 Ashden Awards ceremony. Celebrating excellence in sustainable energy innovation from around the world at the Royal Geographical Society, London, UK. Credit: Andy Aitchison/Ashden

At an uplifting Awards Ceremony held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday night, 10 organisations pioneering innovative sustainable energy solutions gathered for an inspiring evening to celebrate their achievements across the sector. See all the pictures here.

Whether it be through disrupting the energy system, working to make cities more sustainable, or enabling energy access for all, these enterprises and programmes are transforming livelihoods and tackling climate change every day.  

Ashden Founder Director Sarah Butler-Sloss kicked off the evening with a warm welcome and praise for the night’s winners. 

The winners of our Ashden Awards never fail to amaze and inspire our panel of judges, and the 2018 line-up is certainly no exception. The solutions, ideas and innovations that our winners have developed are already making a crucial difference in terms of creating access to energy, lowering carbon emissions, developing clean, sustainable solutions for cities and providing vital health and economic benefits. It is absolutely necessary for us to work together to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and every one of our 2018 winners is playing a key role in moving climate change action forward.

Ashden's Founder Director, Sarah Butler-Sloss

Keynote speaker, the formidable Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and a key architect of the historic Paris Climate Agreement, described this year’s Ashden Award winners as ‘stubborn optimists’. You can watch her full speech here.

She said: “To punch through the mythical barriers around climate change and work towards the common good it is necessary to be stubborn, optimistically stubborn. All of these fantastic winners have faced challenges, but their stubborn optimism in pursuing their goals is helping with the biggest challenge of all and that is climate change.”

Find out more about the winners of the Ashden Awards, which were founded by Sarah Butler-Sloss to identify and celebrate initiatives that deliver sustainable energy, here.

450 people joined the celebration at the Awards Ceremony to recognise these inspiring Ashden winners. The evening was buzzing with excitement and the event’s hashtag #FurtherFaster was even trending on Twitter in London. 

The message was clear across the board: the solutions are out there, but we must get fully behind these champions of sustainable energy to move further and faster towards a low-carbon world.

Some of our favourite tweets from the evening: