Ashden Awards Championing the World’s Best Green Trailblazers

The Ashden Awards bring to light ground-breaking green energy champions in the UK and  developing countries so that they may inspire others to follow. From an enterprise bringing clean stoves to rural Africa to a school embracing energy-saving across its learning and practice, Ashden Award winners are passionate about bringing change to their communities and the planet.

Since the awards were set up in 2001, Ashden has helped more than 180 award winners to transform the lives of about 45 million people around the globe. From solar lamps in India, to smoke-free stoves in Ethiopia and low-carbon communities in the UK, these sustainable energy pioneers have developed and shared solutions for a brighter, cleaner, greener, healthier, and happier future. And Ashden has been a catalyst of this change.

At the heart of the Ashden Awards is a rigorous judging process culminating in a prestigious ceremony in London where prizes are presented to winners from all corners of the globe. Today the Awards are an internationally recognised yardstick for excellence in the field of green energy. Ashden Award winners receive not just cash but also global exposure and a tailored package of support to help them grow. Support can include mentoring; business and technical guidance for financing; providing opportunities to meet policymakers to discuss energy policy and how to accelerate the uptake of sustainable energy; organising high-level forums on the big energy debates and producing research to showcase their work; sharing winners’ experience and knowledge of the sustainable energy sector through activities such as LESS CO2, and events like the Ashden Conference and seminars.

The Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective, a network of India-based winners of the Ashden Awards, is proud of its Ashden lineage and derives strength and support from Ashden. In fact, AIREC is a great example of how Ashden goes beyond awards to support the cause of sustainable energy access in developing countries.