The Ashden awards is an annual competition to reward organisations which have demonstrated sustainable energy in action. This item features an innovative solar lanterns scheme in India – chosen as a finalist in last year’s awards.
Over 14 years ago, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service began a concerted drive to make homes in North Pakistan warmer, and reduce the use of wood. Based on the Aga Khan’s belief that ‘A proper home can bridge that terrible gap between poverty and a better future’, the programme is doing just that for over 240,000 people.
Eastchurch Primary School won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2006. The school has developed a culture of ‘Good Energy Housekeeping’ led by classroom Energy Monitors, and an ‘E-team’ of Year 4 pupils who monitor classrooms during the lunch hour.
Aprovecho Reseach Center and Shengzhou Stove Manufacturer won The Energy Champion Award at the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy in 2009. The Aprovecho Research Centre in the US and Shenghou Stove Manufacturers in China have pooled their rich experience and skills to produce a cheap, robust and efficient stove for mass production to developing countries.
Nottinghamshire CC is reducing carbon emissions by heating schools with sustainably-produced wood pellets instead of coal.
Sunlabob won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2007. Sunlabob Renewable Energies Ltd is a solar PV business based in the capital of Laos that has succeeded in developing an innovative and commercially viable business model providing high-quality solar PV systems to the rural poor at a price they can afford.
Radian won the UK Gold Award at the 2011 Ashden Awards. Nearly 44,000 people are living in more energy efficient homes as a result, and reaping the benefits every day in lower fuel bills and a better quality of life.
A winner of the 2006 Ashden Awards. Grameen has devised innovative micro-credit schemes to make solar energy affordable to ordinary households.
The developing world is being revolutionised by an ingenious solar power product which gives owners the power to provide them with a lamp, mobile phone charger and radio connector.
A winner of the 2006 Ashden Awards, Mwanza Rural Housing Project (MRHP) devised an innovative way to fire bricks for house building.