The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy (2008)

World’s leading green energy awards calls for 2008 entries

£160,000 on offer for winning sustainable energy initiatives

Closing date for entries 13 November 2007

The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy are seeking entries from inspirational and innovative local sustainable energy projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America to compete for a share of £160,000 in prize money.

We are interested in initiatives that have radically improved the lives of local communities and can demonstrate significant environmental benefits through the use of renewable energy and/or energy saving measures.

Past winners have used various technologies to deliver a number of benefits to local communities and achieve carbon savings, including fuel – efficient stoves, micro-hydro plants, biogas plants, solar energy systems and water pumps.

We will reward existing achievements and provide funding for future expansion. Award-winning schemes must have been consistently successful for at least one year with plans for further expansion. Schemes must also be highly replicable to ensure maximum impact in the battle against climate change.

Award winners are promoted in the media and to practitioners and experts in the field as leading examples of sustainable energy in action at the local level.

The Awards will be presented at a VIP ceremony in London in June 2008.
Former US President Al Gore, who presented the prizes in 2007, commented: “No-one can attend an event like the Ashden Awards and fail to be inspired. What impresses me most about these projects is they truly are becoming the change that’s needed in the world. These awards tell us how to illuminate the path to a sustainable future together. I hope that we can make it quickly.”

For further information and for a downloadable application form (available from the end of September 2007) please visit or contact: Jane Howarth tel. + 44 20 7410 7023 email: info {at] ashdenawards [dot} org

To view short films of all 2007 winning projects

For information on the 2007 International winners

The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy highlight and reward exemplary and successful examples of sustainable energy use both in the UK and the developing world. Through the awards scheme and related activities, the Ashden Awards aim to persuade policy makers, funders and the wider public to recognise renewable energy and energy efficiency as a crucial tool for addressing the urgent global issues of climate change, pollution and energy supply as well as the social and economic needs of local communities across the globe.

The Ashden Awards have an expert panel of judges including academics, practitioners, journalists and development NGO representatives, all working in the field of sustainable energy.

Thanks, Paul H.