Type of Funding

Prize

Frequency

Annual

Description

The Ashden International Awards 2020 will be awarding those working to rapidly decarbonise the world, whilst improving lives. Solutions sought for are those pertaining to the climate emergency, through new products, services and behaviour change. The awards aim to highlight projects and organisations from around the world that are increasing access to sustainable energy and improving lives through sustainable energy, in response to the climate emergency.

The Ashden International Awards 2020 are as follows:

  • Impax Ashden Award for Energy Innovation (UK)
  • Ashden Award for Sustainable Built Environments (UK)
  • Ashden Award for Sustainable Built Environments (International)
  • Ashden Award for Sustainable Mobility (International)
  • Ashden Award for Clean Air in Towns and Cities (UK)
  • Ashden Award for Energy Access Policy, Planning & Finance (International)
  • Ashden Award for Energy Access Finance or Business Model Innovation (International)
  • Ashden Award for Humanitarian Energy (International)
  • Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Livelihoods (International)
  • Ashden Award for Natural Climate Solutions (International)
  • Ashden Award for Cool Cities (International)

Benefits

There will be at least 10 awards – 7 with an international focus and 3 focused on the UK. The winners will receive prizes of £10,000 or £20,000 each, depending on which Award they win.

The benefits of winning an Ashden Award include:

  • Prestige
  • Membership of an alumni network of Ashden Award winners, which facilitates learning and opportunities to create productive partnerships.
  • Opportunities to present the work to large and influential audiences at the Ashden Awards Ceremony and other Ashden events.
  • The chance to have the work profiled in regional, national, international and specialist media.
  • Promotional material including photographs, print material and broadcast quality video for winners to use in their own marketing efforts.
  • Possible tailored support from our programme team to grow or replicate the work.
  • Possible introductions to influential policy and decision makers.
  • Integration of UK based winners into the Liveable Cities programme of work, where winners’ approaches are used in policy and practice.
  • Opportunity for winners to participate in a programme of free masterclasses which help them to get to grips with a wide range of practical issues.

Award winners will travel to London at Ashden’s expense to take part in the awards week events which are expected to take place in June 2020.

Eligibility

Businesses, NGOs, government organisations, social enterprises (both for-profit and not-for-profit, including community groups), or partnerships involving various types of organisations, are all eligible. Some awards are limited to work in certain parts of the world. See the Official Website for list of eligible countries listed under International Awards.

Impax Ashden Award for Energy Innovation (UK): organisations that have developed innovative technologies, products, services or programmes to deliver sustainable energy in UK. However, work that is being carried out in Europe will also be considered if the applicant aims to bring it to the UK market or is willing to see it replicated in the UK. . These must be on the market, have the potential to scale up and result in significant net reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.

Ashden Award for Sustainable Built Environments (UK): for work that is carried out in the UK. However, the company may be based outside the UK. Applicants should be organisations responding to the climate emergency by retrofitting and developing zero carbon buildings, infrastructure and public spaces.

Ashden Award for Sustainable Built Environments (International): International  organisations working in the built environment that are responding to the climate emergency and the lack of housing of a good standard, through retrofitting existing buildings and the development of zero carbon buildings, infrastructure and public spaces.

Ashden Award for Sustainable Mobility (International): Applicants should be innovative enterprises or programmes that are improving access to sustainable transport and mobility services for those who currently have inadequate access allowing better participation in the economy and in education, whilst having a measurable impact on greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution or congestion. All forms of sustainable mobility are eligible, but applicants who are promoting walking and cycling are particularly welcomed. Winners could come from the private, public or third sector.

Ashden Award for Clean Air in Towns and Cities (UK): primarily for work in the UK. But work that is being carried out in Europe will be considered, if the applicant aims to bring it to the UK market or is willing to see it replicated in the UK. Applicants should be organisations, projects or programmes cutting air pollution in urban areas by making transport more sustainable, while providing social and economic benefits to residents and businesses.

Ashden Award for Energy Access Policy, Planning & Finance (International): Applicants should be initiatives focusing on aspects of sustainable energy finance, policy and planning. Work which takes an integrated, collaborative approach, bringing together key stakeholders and considering the energy system holistically, are particularly welcomed.

Ashden Award for Energy Access Finance or Business Model Innovation (International): Applicants should be organisations or programmes improving access to energy through innovations in financial mechanisms and business models. The work must be benefitting those in areas where energy access rates are low and the market for sustainable energy products and services is underdeveloped.

Ashden Award for Humanitarian Energy (International): Applications are sought from outstanding initiatives providing clean, safe, reliable and accessible energy in humanitarian settings. This work will relate to electricity, cooking or energy efficiency and may feature new, inclusive delivery models, innovative end-user or programme finance, multi-stakeholder collaborations. Ashden is especially interested in holistic approaches involving national government authorities and energy provision that benefits the host population as well as displaced people.

Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Livelihoods (International): Applicants should be organisations or programmes using sustainable energy to improve the livelihoods of the world’s poorest communities.

Ashden Award for Natural Climate Solutions (International): Applicants should be initiatives which are conserving and restoring forests whilst protecting the rights and economicneeds of communities who depend on forest resources. ? This award will focus on solutions that either exist within or have the potential to create impact on the critical basins of the Amazon, the Congo and the rainforests of South East Asia.

Ashden Award for Cool Cities (International): Applicants should be initiatives which are protecting people most vulnerable to dangerous heat stress, such as those in informal settlements and who work outdoors. This award focuses on how cities can adapt to rising temperatures by using passive cooling approaches as part of the built environment.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have products or services currently available for customers, clients or beneficiaries.
  • Show an innovative approach to sustainable energy.
  • Are putting forward innovation with the potential to create significant impact.
  •  show good governance and management.

Application

Applications are to be done online by 11 December 2019.

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