|organisation: Ashden Awards|
country: UK, global
type of activity: ICT training program
what: The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, now in their fourth year, reward inspirational and innovative renewable energy projects which both provide social and economic benefits to local communities and contribute towards protecting the environment by curbing deforestation and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels - thereby helping tackle climate change. The Ashden Awards recognise that both industrialised and developing countries alike urgently need to make more use of local sustainable energy to ensure a liveable future.
prizes: three Awards are given in recognition of the way in which renewable energy has been used to improve access to Food and to Light, and to promote Enterprise. In addition, a Fourth Award, Climate Care, is given to a project with the potential to play a significant role in offsetting the carbon emissions which drive climate change. For the second year running there is also a UK Award in recognition of the role that industrialised nations can play in reducing greenhouse emissions. The Awards are divided into ‘Overseas’ and ‘UK’ sections:
- The Overseas Awards focus on projects bringing renewable energy to communities in the developing world. Up to four first prizes of £30,000 are offered, with second prizes of £10,000.
- The UK Awards are offered to schemes which demonstrate excellence in renewable electricity and heat generation, and in energy efficiency. Up to three first prizes of £30,000 are offered, and second prizes of £10,000. There is also a new UK Energy Champions Award of £15,000.
goals: with oil prices hitting record highs and climate change forcing its way up the political agenda, there's more focus than ever before on the need for locally-sourced clean energy - which makes this coming year's Awards particularly relevant.
The Awards are designed both to celebrate existing achievements and to provide funding for expansion, replication or dissemination. Spreading sustainable energy more widely is at the heart of the Awards' mission. Successful projects must be up and running; start-ups do not qualify and will not be considered for an Award.
how to apply: all applicants should read the criteria [www.ashdenawards.org/apply.html] to ensure you are eligible before submitting an application. You might also find it helpful to look through the past winners.