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.
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.
Rural Energy Foundation, Sub-Saharan Africa was selected for a 2010 Ashden Award. REF has played a significant role in expanding and increasing the take up of solar energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, creating jobs and providing access to electricity for thousands of remote rural households. The Africa Award is supported by the John Ellerman Foundation
Carbon saving is an important and enjoyable part of life for pupils at Currie Community High School near Edinburgh which has a long-standing commitment to the environment. They won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2009.