Are you breaking new ground in increasing access to sustainable energy, saving energy or generating renewable forms of energy supply? Are you encouraging low-carbon living or more sustainable travel? If so, Ashden want to hear from you!
Student Switch Off is harnessing student silliness to take simple steps to save energy, including wrapping up warm, switching off lights and using lids on saucepans, so helping participating UK universities to keep a lid on their fuel costs. Through its inventive use of social media, peer-to-peer engagement and student-focused incentives, this exciting initiative last year helped participating universities cut their electricity consumption by over 7%. Some 43 universities and 18,000 students are involved so far.
Sir David Attenborough delivered the keynote speech at this year’s Ashden Awards. A speech full of positive messages from a true earth champion.
The Solar Energy Foundation has opened up new horizons for 10,000 villagers in Rema, Ethiopia and nearby. They won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2009.
The Ashden Awards ceremony took place on 11th June at the Royal Geographical Society. The awards were presented by HRH the Prince of Wales and he also gave a forthright speech about the climate change crisis facing us, and his strong admiration for all the finalists and winners of the awards.
CRT/Nepal is working to upgrade traditional water-mills in Nepal, improving the lives of both the millers and those who use them. Their 2007 Ashden Award recognises the value of their work.
SWEA won a 2011 Ashden Award for their innovative secondary school programme – Young Energy People (YEP!). YEP! is building young people’s vocational skills, and inspiring them to become dedicated energy-savers through training and practical experience of energy management.
Ashley Church of England Primary School won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2009. The whole school community has worked together to bring the climate change motive into everything they do.
The winners of the world’s leading green energy awards were announced last night, all of them demonstrating a commitment to address climate change and bring social and economic benefits that radically improve people’s lives. This year, the Outstanding Achievement Award went to International Development Enterprises, India. IDEI won an Ashden Award in 2006 for their treadle pump that farmers use to lift water to irrigate their crops, and lift their families out of poverty and is now scaling up. IDEI hopes that nearly two million pumps will have been sold by 2020.
Toyola Energy, Ghana won a Gold Award at the 2011 Ashden Awards. Five years ago two West African entrepreneurs started a stove business, and have since produced 154,000 efficient charcoal stoves that are cooking meals for around 940,000 people.