Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are a globally recognised as a mark of excellence in the field of green energy.

Are you part of a scheme – or know of one – that’s breaking new ground in renewable energy generation, reducing energy demand, increasing access to energy, or encouraging more sustainable forms of travel?

If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Why enter?

  • A global platform to showcase your work
  • Prize fund of up to £20,000
  • Broadcast-quality films and media materials
  • Tailored support to help you expand


Answers to all the most common questions around the Awards can be found here.

DFID has been pleased to support the International Ashden Awards for the last four years, helping game-changing, sustainable energy companies, technologies and leaders to grow their transformational work.

Gemma May Sustainable Energy Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Meet the judges

We are particularly honoured to have won an Ashden Award as this really is the most prestigious accolade in the alternative technology area. In a rapidly changing world Ashden have consistently shown that their collective fingers are very much on the pulse of what is new and transformative.

Sam Duby, SteamaCo 2015 Award Winner

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2017 Awards timeline

Application / Closed

The application process for the 2017 Ashden Awards has closed, but you can now register your interest for the 2018 Ashden Awards. Applications will open in autumn 2017.

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Longlist / Announced

The longlist for the 2017 Ashden Awards has been announced with a total of 48 green energy organisations and programmes in countries as far-flung as Mongolia, Tajikistan, Liberia, Lesotho, Guatemala and Nepal.

View 2017 Awards longlist

Finalists / Announced

The 2017 Ashden Award judges have narrowed down the finalists for this year’s Awards to 22 impressive organisations, covering what they consider to be the best in sustainable energy around the world.

View UK Awards finalists View International Awards finalists

Winners / Announced

Thirteen organisations and programmes spanning three continents have been announced as winners of the 2017 Ashden Awards. This year’s winners are all at the forefront of innovation when it comes to excellence in sustainable energy.

Included are forward thinking businesses using smart technology to influence how energy is managed in the UK to a Chinese green buildings specialist to a global solar light manufacturer that has reached more than five million households.

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Sir David Attenborough spoke at the 2010 Ashden Awards, "What an inspring evening! I am humbled by what I've seen from these Award Winners. I congratulate them and thank the Ashden Awards for occasions like this".

Ashden Awards Ceremony

Held at the Royal Geographical Society in central London and open to everyone, the Awards Ceremony is a highlight of the sustainable energy calendar and in 2017 took place on 15 June.

During the evening short films on the winners are broadcast, followed by presentation of the Awards. A private reception is held for special guests.

The awards are given in different categories and in 2017 there was a new international Powering Business Award recognising efforts by enterprises or programmes which provide or use clean energy or energy efficiency in the provision of goods and services through business activities.

A full auditorium at the Royal Geographic Society