The 2022 International Ashden Awards

The clean energy innovators raising incomes for the world’s most marginalised people in 2022

Discover the international innovators, selected from over 200 applicants through the rigorous Ashden Awards process as Finalists and Shortlistees, working to drive the radical changes we need to create a brighter future for our planet.

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 solar-powered hubs where refugees can launch businesses to training programmes helping women launch clean energy companies and careers, discover the 2022 pioneers power up entrepreneurship and inclusive development across low-income nations.

Ashden’s analysis of more than 148 award applicants reveals effective public-private collaboration; community ownership and involvement; and enabling access to markets and finance, as hallmarks of pioneering work. 

Supercharging economies and raising incomes are just two of the many reasons for investing in energy access. But with 940 million people worldwide living without electricity, and 3 billion without safe cooking, it’s clear support for frontline innovators is falling short. A skills and training drought is one major obstacle to progress. 

A new global effort is urgently needed which is why we are calling for November’s COP27 climate talks in Egypt to focus on boosting energy access. Universal access to clean, affordable energy is fundamental to climate justice. Donors and policymakers should act now to get funds flowing to frontline solutions

The winners of the 2022 Ashden Awards will be announced this autumn. Winners receive grants and business support – while all shortlisted organisations benefit from publicity and connection to investment and partnership opportunities.

Natural Climate Solutions

Supporting rural local and indigenous communities are leading the way with ideas and solutions for nature-based sustainable development. This award looks for replicable initiatives reducing poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, supporting communities to be effective stewards of forests and protect biodiversity.

Award prize: £25,000 

Supported by: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


Restoring degraded and fragile savannah ecosystems in northern Cameroon and supporting local people to form sustainable production cooperatives.

Partnership between the Peruvian government and indigenous groups helping local people make a living from sustainable tourism and food production.

Cutting illegal logging while supporting a range of alternative livelihoods for local people.

Energising Refugee Livelihoods

Supporting organisations organisations creating economic opportunities for refugees through access to clean energy, or boosting skills and training in this area, delivering powerful change for both displaced and host communities in low-income countries.

Award prize: £25,000 

Supported by: Linbury Trust, the Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund, JAC Trust, Ashden Trust and a public appeal.


Creating clean energy, internet connections and new jobs for refugee camp residents.

Training refugee and migrant women  for a future as solar engineers.  


Solar-powered business hubs energise refugee entrepreneurs. 

Energising Agriculture

Boosting innovation bridging the gap between the agriculture and energy access sectors, helping farmers and producers learn technical and business skills, and access finance and new markets.

Award prize: £25,000 

Supported by: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Sustainable cold storage for smallholders, matched with help getting products to market.   

Community-led production hubs in tribal areas.  


Bringing pay-per-use irrigation, milling and cooling to farmers.

Turning agricultural waste into electricity and clean cooking fuels and organic biofertilisers – the circular economy in action

Energy Access Skills

Supporting organisations organisations creating economic opportunities for refugees through access to clean energy, or boosting skills and training in this area, delivering powerful change for both displaced and host communities in low-income countries.

Award prize: £25,000 

Supported by: LinkedIn 

This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the LinkedIn Social Impact Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community


Training in the solar sector for rural young people, through collaboration with colleges and NGOs, alongside connections to jobs.

A ground-breaking  training centre empowering entrepreneurs to create solutions for Africans by Africans – sparking opportunities for women.


A rural mini-grid creates training opportunities for local people, backed by academic partners inside and outside the country.

Microfinance and micro business training for productive uses of energy helps communities earn more money, and helps rural energy companies be more financially sustainable through increased sales. i

Register your interest for 2023 awards

Are you changing lives and taking climate action, advancing social justice while lowering emissions through your innovative project?

Register your interest in applying for an Ashden Award. You’ll be the first to know when we are open for the next 2023 awards cycle and whether you’ve been invited to submit a full application.

Discover more

This year, we’re supporting innovators and entrepreneurs transforming the world of work – those delivering roles and skills for the UK’s low-carbon transition and the spread of clean energy around the world.

From businesses making low-carbon beer and film sets to companies saving mountains of batteries and wind turbine parts from landfill, discover the 2022 pioneers of the UK’s low carbon future creating jobs across the country.

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