World-leading climate solutions are tackling three of today’s biggest dangers – the energy crisis, food insecurity, and the challenges faced by refugees around the world.
The boundaries between these global threats are falling apart – which means funders, policymakers and campaigners must come together around the most effective and holistic solutions.
But we cannot hope for a Hollywood ending to the climate story, where a single superhero saves the day – we must all collaborate to help these innovators, and others like them, thrive.
These are those innovators, selected from over 200 applicants through the rigorous Ashden Awards process and working to drive the radical changes we need to create a brighter future for our planet.
The finalists for all awards will be judged by international specialists in each award category. The winners will be announced in Nairobi on 27 October, in the run-up to the COP27 climate talks, and at a ceremony in London on 2 November – an event that will also be streamed live. Winners will receive financial and strategic support.
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.
Meet the clean energy innovators raising incomes for the world’s most marginalised people in 2022.
The dynamic innovation powering UK green jobs in 2022.
Our rigorous awards research confirms that more support for green jobs, skills and livelihoods is urgently needed. That’s why the work of our skills-focused finalists, creating opportunities but also addressing inequality, is so inspirational.
The UK is drastically short of the skills needed to build a low-carbon economy – particularly those linked to making our homes more energy efficient. Warming our homes is a major source of emissions. To hit climate targets we need to upgrade, or ‘retrofit’, nearly 11 million homes by 2035. But we simply don’t have the workforce to take on the job.
While the energy sector has made rapid progress in recent years, a shortage of qualified workers is limiting its growth. Frontline enterprises and organisations warn of a disconnect between training institutions and enterprises, a lack of vocational training and apprenticeships, and the need to address cultural and social barriers to women joining the energy access workforce.
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