A council member on pasture land committee in Esilalei Village, Monduli district. Arusha, Tanzania.

The 2024 Ashden Awards

The winners

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

The winners 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. 

Learn more about our winners below.

Charging up our green energy future

Accelerating the UK’s net zero journey

Award prize: £10,000

Supported by: Impax Asset Management

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. 

Find out more information about them here. 

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.

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. 

Find out more information about them here. 

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

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.

Find out more information about them here

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

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

Find out more information about them here. 


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. 

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.

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. 

Find out more information about them here

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. 

Growing natural climate solutions

Defending and empowering Indigenous communities

Award prize: £25,000

Supported byUK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero 

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.

Find out more information about them here. 

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

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. 

Find out more information about them here

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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