Ashden’s 2022-25 strategy focuses on building more equal and sustainable societies: societies powered by low-carbon organisations and policies, liveable cities, good green jobs and clean energy for all.
We will commit to discovering, amplifying, scaling and connecting the brightest climate innovations. In particular, we will elevate organisations and projects that boost green skills, jobs and livelihoods, and create ecological and social benefits for all.
We are seeking to raise and invest £9m to achieve this work.
We will support organisations building the innovations and workforce to create universal energy access in developing countries, and deliver sustainable homes, schools and energy systems in the UK.
The solutions, models, pathways and policies we champion will prove that tackling the climate crisis goes hand in hand with creating fair, inclusive and resilient economies. In fact, a just transition is essential to achieving climate action at the scale and pace required.
Since our founding 20 years ago, 245 innovators in low-income countries and the UK have enjoyed publicity, grants, and exposure to funders and investors as Ashden Award winners.
“The award immediately helped us as we could use the prize money to solve urgent gaps, support our entrepreneurs, lift our heads up and focus towards the future” – Build Up Nepal
“Winning an Ashden Award gave us greater credibility with funders and investors, and raised the profile of our innovative clean cooking solution around the world” – Sistema.bio
The Ashden Awards catalyse change. In the years ahead, they will drive progress towards a fairer world and clean energy for all – by powering up green skills, jobs and livelihoods.
Our international awards will elevate organisations ensuring access to energy can transform rural livelihoods; training institutions; cooling and energy access for refugees and host communities.
Our UK awards will also focus on green jobs and skills – as well as new low-carbon technologies, and communities tackling the climate crisis.
It costs £110,000 to run an international award, and £85,000 to run a UK award. This funding covers a prize for the winner and the resources needed to elevate their solutions and help them scale.
Skills for Energy Access – celebrating training institutions and programmes
Energy and Livelihoods – promoting work enterprises and projects in rural areas
Energy and Cooling – boosting sustainable cooling chain
Humanitarian Energy – accelerating work with refugees and host communities
Green Skills (supported by Garfield Weston Foundation) – Building the workforce for a low-carbon UK
Green Communities - Supporting community groups and initiatives helping more people take climate action
Climate Innovation (supported by Impax Asset Management) – backing rapid decarbonisation in key sectors
We will only achieve impact by working closely with like-minded funders and partners.
Together we can boost energy access, support the movement for change in UK schools, and power up green economies in the UK and developing world.
Will you join Ashden and the world’s most exciting climate innovators on our journey towards a fair, low-carbon future?
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