Nine inspiring climate solutions

2021 Ashden Award winners announced


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We are delighted to reveal the winners of this year’s prestigious Ashden Awards – nine pioneering low carbon organisations from the UK and around the world.

The award ceremony took place at the COP26 international climate summit in Glasgow, with a stunning 30-min film of the award winners and a keynote speech from the President of Costa Rica. Nine more climate innovators were announced as runners up.

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The Ashden Awards honour pioneering organisations from the UK and low-income countries lowering carbon emissions and building a fairer world every year.

This year’s winners

Ashden Award for Natural Climate Solutions, supported by the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

Mbou Mon Tour

Ashden Award for Cooling in Informal Settlements, supported by the Clean Cooling Collaborative:

Mahila Housing Trust

Ashden Award for Humanitarian Energy, supported by The Headley Trust, The Linbury Trust, Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Trust:

Solar Freeze

Ashden Award for Energy Access Innovation, supported by the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

New Energy Nexus Uganda

Ashden Award for Regenerative Agriculture, supported by The DOEN Foundation:

YICE Uganda

Ashden Award for Green Communities, supported by Esmee Fairbairn:

The Welcoming

Ashden Award for UK Climate Innovation, supported by Impax Asset Management:

Kensa Group

Ashden Award for Green Skills, supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and Linkedin:

Carbon Co-op

Ashden Award for Energy Access Skills, supported by The Ashden Trust and Linkedin:

Bharatiya Vikas Trust

His Excellency President of the Republic of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado, said: “Costa Rica is proud to lead by example with our successful model of conservation. All the nominees to the 2021 Ashden Awards have also chosen to lead by example too. That is why, as a Costa Rican, I can relate to each one of them and am thrilled to take part in the Awards ceremony.

“We also share the conviction that sustainable development goes hand in hand with economic growth, as well as a deep commitment to decarbonisation and to promote nature-based solutions to the climate crisis and biodiversity loss challenges we face. For that, I do believe the great endeavour of our generation is to abolish fossil fuels.

Earlier this month Costa Rica received the Earthshot Prize as a recognition of its pioneering climate innovation.

“In this pivotal moment for the future of humankind it is vital we highlight trailblazing, inspiring efforts to build a better, liveable world for current and future generations. That is what the Ashden Awards are about.”

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