With a focus on natural climate solutions and wider access to clean energy, entries are open for the 2023 Ashden Awards. The eight awards announced today will supercharge climate innovation creating a fairer future.
The awards are seeking trailblazing, empowering initiatives in the UK and low-income countries. Winning innovation will tackle inequality as well as the causes and effects of global heating. More than 200 businesses, charities and public sector projects have been boosted by an Ashden Award since the prizes were launched in 2005.
Entries close on 8 March, with winners announced this autumn after a rigorous judging process. Entry is free, and winners receive a grant of up to £25,000, publicity, and connection to new funders, investors and partners.
Three UK awards will put the spotlight on energy innovation, training in sustainable land management, and initiatives helping communities protect and restore the natural places around them.
Four of the five international awards will boost efforts to widen access to clean energy. This includes awards for organisations supporting smallholder farmers by energising agriculture, helping refugees and displaced people boost their incomes through clean energy, and giving people the skills and opportunities to enter the clean energy workforce.
Another award, purely focused on Africa, is for solutions in integrated energy – work that connects diverse on and off-grid systems to make sure clean energy is accessible and affordable for everyone.
A final international award is for natural climate solutions. This recognises work strengthening the incomes, wellbeing and security of Indigenous peoples and local communities – allowing them to act as guardians and restorers of their land.