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.
Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. has developed and installed newly designed ram pumps in 68 hillside villages in the Philippines. They won an Ashden Award in 2007.
Willis Renewable Energy Systems, Belfast won a 2010 Ashden Award. The Solasyphon is a plumbing innovation that speeds up and simplifies the retro-fitting of solar water heating in existing homes, saving the cost of buying a new water tank. 2,500 have been sold, with installations going ahead in many overseas markets as well as the UK.
Suffolk County Council won an Ashden Award in 2010. This forward-looking Council is making big strides towards sustainability by helping local schools switch their oil-fired boilers to greener wood-fired boilers and boosting Suffolk’s supply chain for biomass fuel through sustainable forestry. The County Council is creating local jobs in recession-hit times, and boosting the potential for biomass in the region.
Kensa in Cornwall designs and manufactures small scale ground-source heat pumps for easy installation throughout the UK. The company has won the 2008 Ashden Award in the business category. The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy reward innovation, excellence and achievement.