The 2022 UK Ashden Awards

The dynamic innovation powering UK green jobs in 2022.

Discover the UK 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 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.

Amid these stories of innovation, the importance of green skills couldn’t be clearer. Among organisations addressing low carbon skills, for instance, we see how training can be delivered at speed and scale, matched with the demands of employers, and targeted at our most marginalised communities.

Government, the education sector, communities and businesses all have a part to play in building up the UK’s green skills capacity. If we replicate and scale the work of our pioneers right  across society, we can tackle the UK’s green skills drought.

 

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.

Greening All Work in the UK

Supporting SMEs helping employees develop the skills for low carbon work and transforming their processes to meet the demands of climate change. 

Award prize: £10,000 

Supported by: LinkedIn

Finalists

Helping the film and TV industry go green, with flat-pack film sets made from sustainable paper and cardboard.

Inspiring and educating for a greener farming future.

Shortlist

Sustainable luxury accessories – including bags and belts made from recycled fire hoses.

Lower carbon brewing, with beer made from surplus bread.

Low Carbon Skills in the UK

Supporting organisations that are delivering skills training in the low carbon economy, such as low carbon heat, nature restoration and the repair economy, equipping learners with the tools to gain employment in the green sector. 

Award prize: £10,000 

Supported by: Garfield Weston Foundation

Finalists

Training disadvantaged people and creating warm, energy-efficient homes.  

Ambitious partnership from the North West Skills Academy, upgrading thousands of homes for a carbon neutral future. 

Shortlist

Teaching the skills to regenerate our natural environment.

Inspiring and educating for a greener farming future.

Energy Innovation in the UK

Supporting organisations accelerating jobs in the energy access sector through inclusive skills and training, setting countries on the path to a low-carbon future – and creating new opportunities for women and marginalised groups.

Award prize: £10,000 

Supported by: Impax Asset Management 

Finalists

A new life for electric vehicle batteries.

Refurbishing wind turbine parts – cutting waste and boosting the green economy.

Shortlist

Agile, affordable low-carbon delivery vehicles.

Energy-efficient ventilation lowers emissions and protects health in schools.

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.

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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.

Small businesses embracing sustainability are not just creating a brighter future for all of us – there are immediate benefits for enterprises themselves too. We’ve listed three big ones below, as well as key areas for business owners to tackle.

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