Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are a globally recognised measure for excellence in the field of green energy.
We go to great lengths each year to decide who deserves the accolade of winning an Ashden Award. As well as reviewing detailed applications, we visit applicants to review their work and meet project representatives. Applications are also reviewed by our esteemed judging panels, which include some of the leading experts in the field.
Applications for the 2016 Awards are now open
You can read our tips on applying in the right hand column before you start your form, as well as find our FAQs. We wish you all the luck in your application!
On 9 June 2016, up to 11 winners will receive a prize fund and global recognition for their achievements in increasing access to sustainable energy, promoting sustainable travel and helping build a low-carbon future for the UK.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for pioneering enterprises and programmes demonstrating achievement in any of the following areas:
- Increasing energy access for homes or businesses: Increasing energy access to those that have limited or no access by providing renewable energy products or services.
- Sustainable buildings: Improving energy use in urban buildings, including residential, commercial and public buildings.
- Developing innovative financial mechanisms or business models for delivering sustainable energy: Organisations providing innovative financial mechanisms or using innovative business to expand access to sustainable energy products or services.
- Sustainable travel: Innovative enterprises or programmes that are improving access to sustainable travel, encouraging the use of more sustainable modes of travel or using technology to enable more efficient fuel use.
- Improving the lives of women and girls through sustainable energy:Enterprises or programmes that are providing sustainable energy to women and girls as beneficiaries and creating employment or income-generating activities, or involving them in the supply chain. We are also interested in work benefiting refugees and internally displaced women and girls.
- Sustainable energy and water: Enterprises or programmes using sustainable energy technologies to deliver increased access to safe and affordable drinking water; or water for agricultural production; or adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene.