Maria Lemuta is a council member on the pasture land committee in Esilalei Village, Monduli district. Arusha, Tanzania. Her community is supported by Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT), a finalist for the 2024 Ashden Award for Natural Climate solutions (Global South). Credit: Sam Vox/Ashden

The 2024 Ashden Awards

The finalists

Nature guardians and clean energy pioneers: meet the 2024 Ashden Award finalists

The finalists are driven by epic climate ambition and the search for climate justice. They’re lowering emissions and building a fairer world, with smart, inclusive solutions for the UK and Global South. Leading the way to a future where green businesses thrive, nature flourishes, and communities own and enjoy the benefits of climate action. 

On Thursday 27 June, we’ll name seven organisations as Ashden Award winners, in a ceremony at London’s Institution of Engineering and Technology. This year’s ceremony will be part of London Climate Action Week.

Learn more about our finalists in the running for an award below.

Charging up our green energy future

Accelerating the UK’s net zero journey

Award prize: £10,000

Supported by: Impax Asset Management

Row of houses

Solar-powered microgrids for flats. Residents share the benefit of lower bills, while housing associations and others can lower their carbon impact for less.

Phillip Tegg-Porter, senior technician in the assembly workshop at tepeo, the 2024 Ashden award winner for Energy Innovation in the UK, making low cost, low carbon zero emission electric boilers from their UK factory in Wokingham, United Kingdom on the 9th of April 2024. They have designed and created the ZEB (zero emissions boiler) that are easy to install and can replace fossil fuel burning gas boilers without any additional changes to home heating infrastructure. (Photo by Andy Aitchison/Ashden)

tepeo’s Zero Emission Boiler (ZEB®) is a plug-n-play replacement for existing fossil fuel boilers, that works with a hot water tank to deliver low carbon and low cost home heating. 

Unlocking potential and tackling energy poverty  

Award prize: £25,000

Supported by: UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero 

Salpha produces made-in-Africa solar home systems, and helps households and businesses switch on to clean power, by giving customers access to affordable loans and finance. 

SunFi makes solar technology more affordable – with apps and services for consumers, solar companies, and the lenders that can fuel Nigeria’s clean energy revolution. 

Building the workforce to energise the Global South

Award prize: £25,000

 Supported by: LinkedIn

GoGo electric trainee outside the renewable energy training centre

Local manufacturing company GOGO Electric (formerly Bodawerk Ltd) contributes to the skilling and employability of managers, technicians and motorcycle operators in the Ugandan e-mobility sector, fostering a green transition in the transport industry.

Solar Sister has supported more than 10,000 woman entrepreneurs to launch businesses selling solar products – creating opportunities for them, and access to clean power in their communities. 

Sparking clean energy for all

Helping UK communities power up local energy solutions  

Award prize: £10,000

Man installing a heat pump outside

A groundbreaking initiative to heat an entire village through a single hot water network. The scheme is a partnership between residents and Cambridgeshire County Council. 

Two females standing outside a house with solar panels on

A groundbreaking partnership bringing clean power and lower bills to South Yorkshire, with older people among those enjoying the benefits. 

SELCE installs clean energy technology in schools, leisure centres and other community buildings, lowering their bills and emissions. Money raised from energy generation support SELCE’s energy advice work, helping residents tackle fuel poverty. 

two men standing outside a building with solar panels on

The Tea and PV project is giving dozens of Methodist churches – big and small, urban and rural – guidance and support to install rooftop solar. This inclusive project is also showing church communities the impact and potential of clean energy. 

Power Station are turning a North East London street into a hub of community power generation using art, storytelling and public engagement to inspire similar action and innovation. 

Supporting grassroots pioneers to tackle the humanitarian energy crisis. 

Award prize: £25,000

Supported by: Part funded by The Linbury Trust &  JAC TrustNextEnergy Foundation & Alan and Babette Charitable Fund.

Woman sitting in her shop

The OffGridBox is an all-in-one solution that brings refugees safe drinking water, internet access, and solar power for their homes and businesses. Local women can earn an income as trained BoxKeepers – taking care of daily operations and maintenance. 

A male and female installing solar panels on a roof

Patapia, an organisation founded by refugees, helps displaced women take out affordable loans to buy clean energy products. Smart tech and strong community links make Patapia’s work a success. 

Growing natural climate solutions

Defending and empowering Indigenous communities

Award prize: £25,000

Supported byUK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero 

Indigenous tribe sitting under a tree. One of them is looking straight into the camera.

UCRT has helped 120 Indigenous communities establish and defend their land rights, and earn a sustainable living from their territory. 1.5million hectares have been protected so far. 

TFRD fights poverty, and protects ecosystems and endangered species, for the benefit of local communities in rural Cameroon. The organisation supports eco-tourism as the path to a sustainable future. 

Celebrating inclusive, community-led transformation in the UK  

Award prize: £10,000

Supported by: The Lund Trust

A man standing in a river with 3 other people on the river bank

In the heart of the Lake District, this project from the RSPB and United Utilities is breathing new life into trees, waterways and peatlands. Restoring a damaged landscape brings benefits for wildlife, water quality, and local communities. 

Woman in a forest looking up the sky

Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods nurture a precious urban green space, working closely with diverse groups of local people. Their work lowers flood risks and boosts biodiversity, while bringing residents closer to nature.  

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