The annual Ashden Awards focus on cutting-edge initiatives that are both green and fair – that deliver climate justice, create good jobs, train people in green skills, and cut carbon.
From over 800 applications, we have selected 37 outstanding longlisted organisations across our nine awards – pioneers united around the globe in their ambition to take on the climate crisis and create happier lives and more equal societies.
In the year that governments, climate innovators and activists gather at the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow, these inspiring climate champions demonstrate the many solutions that can be replicated at scale and speed.
The winners of the 2021 Ashden Awards will be announced on Thursday 4th November.
Uncovering innovation bringing clean, affordable energy to refugees and displaced people around the world.
Award prize: £20,000
Supported by: Linbury Trust and the Alan, Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund and a public appeal.
Highlighting initiatives in the Amazon, Congo Basin and South East Asian rainforest making forest communities more resilient, through improved livelihoods, inclusive business models or improved governance and land rights
Seeking innovation at all levels of the energy access ecosystem that is helping innovators survive, thrive and build resilience in local communities.
Spotlighting the best initiatives alleviating heat stress, and help make solutions accessible and affordable to those in greatest need.
Supported by: Clean Cooling Collaborative (formerly K-CEP)/ClimateWorks Foundation
Showcasing outstanding initiatives widening access to green skills training, an essential step to a low-carbon planet and universal access to sustainable energy.
Supported by: The Ashden Trust
Spotlighting areas key to the growth of regenerative agriculture – training and information for farmers, access to finance and technology, support for land rights and fair compensation for prioritising soil health.
Supported by: The DOEN Foundation
Targeting key areas with the potential to unlock significant carbon savings across the UK – advances in energy systems, the built environment, and industrial innovation supporting a circular economy.
Award prize: £10,000
Supported by: Impax Asset Management
Highlighting organisations developing green skills in the areas of retrofit and low carbon heat.
Supported by: Garfield Weston Foundation
Recognising an initiative that makes climate action relevant to the everyday lives of citizens and the things they care about, with particular attention on engaging beyond typical ‘green audiences’
Supported by: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
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