Energy is essential to social and economic well-being. Yet more than 1 billion people have no access to electricity, and over 3 billion people have to cook with polluting, inefficient fuels like firewood. Families rely on kerosene lamps to light their homes, producing dirty smoke and putting them at risk of burns and fires if knocked over. 

Access to affordable, clean energy solutions allows those living off grid to charge mobile phones, power fridges essential for keeping medicines and food fresh, and light their homes and businesses, increasing productivity and security.

Ashden Award winners are increasing energy access all over the world, from India and Asia, to Africa and South America. Rural communities are often hardest hit by a lack of energy access, but we're seeing more and more innovative and far-reaching solutions to the problem every year. From clean burning cookstoves, to solar home systems and solar-powered agricultural equipment.

SRSP won an Ashden Award in 2015 for their work to bring electricty to the remote region of Chitral in Pakistan. By installing micro-hydro sytems, they have brought light and power to over 365,000 people. By removing the drudgery of many household tasks like washing clothes and cooking food, energy access often benefits the lives of women and girls more dramatically. 

BURN Manufacturing also won in 2015 for their efficient, clean burning cookstove design. It cuts down on smoke and soot by more than 60% compared to common stoves, and significantly reduces the time spent cooking and collecting wood.

Low-carbon energy solutions are tackling poverty and climate change, transforming the lives of millions across the devleoping world.

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of Ashden

We believe sustainable energy is the biggest challenge – and the biggest opportunity – of our time. Ashden Award winners are working across the world to scale up efforts to reach our vision of a world where there is sustainable energy for all.