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==About the Ashden Awards==
 
==About the Ashden Awards==
The Ashden Awards rewards and promotes excellent local sustainable energy solutions in the UK and the developing world. By rewarding the best, they aim to raise awareness of the huge potential of local sustainable energy to both tackle [[climate change]] and improve the quality of people's lives. They aim to encourage its wider take-up across the world.
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The Ashden Awards rewards and promotes local sustainable energy solutions in the UK and the developing world. Through the awards, they aim to raise awareness of the huge potential of local sustainable energy to both tackle [[climate change]] and improve the quality of people's lives. They aim to encourage its wider take-up across the world.
  
 
==How the Awards make a difference==
 
==How the Awards make a difference==
 
''The Awards help transform the prospects of sustainable energy in several ways:
 
''The Awards help transform the prospects of sustainable energy in several ways:
* By giving substantial cash prizes, they help winners take their work forward.
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* By giving cash prizes, they help winners take their work forward.
 
* By actively promoting the winners and publicising their work through a worldwide media campaign, they aim to inspire others to follow their example.
 
* By actively promoting the winners and publicising their work through a worldwide media campaign, they aim to inspire others to follow their example.
 
* By bringing winners together with key decision-makers and opinion-formers, they aim to change thinking and policy among governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) alike.
 
* By bringing winners together with key decision-makers and opinion-formers, they aim to change thinking and policy among governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) alike.
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==The UK Awards==
 
==The UK Awards==
 
In 2009, the Ashden Awards will be giving awards for the UK in the following categories:
 
In 2009, the Ashden Awards will be giving awards for the UK in the following categories:
 
 
* Energy business
 
* Energy business
 
* Local Authority
 
* Local Authority
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==The International Awards==
 
==The International Awards==
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In 2009 there will be up to seven International awards of £20,000 each, and one Ashden Energy Champion Award of £40,000 for the work which most impresses the judging panel. All awards bring a package of benefits in addition to the prize money, including a short documentary film of the award-winning work, publicity, and longer-term development support.
  
In 2009 there will be up to seven International awards of £20,000 each, and one Ashden Energy Champion Award of £40,000 for the work which most impresses the judging panel. All awards bring a substantial package of benefits in addition to the prize money, including a short documentary film of the award-winning work, publicity, and longer-term development support.
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Awards are given for the service to communities provided by the use of sustainable energy, rather than for the technology used. In 2009, awards will highlight the particular achievements of each winner, rather than be offered in specific categories, with the main areas of interest being:
 
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Awards are given for the service to communities provided by the use of sustainable energy, rather than for the technology used. In 2009, awards will highlight the particular achievements of each winner, rather than be offered in specific categories. We expect award-winning work to provide services in one or more of the following areas:
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* Food security
 
* Food security
 
* Health, education and welfare
 
* Health, education and welfare
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==The Awards Ceremony==
 
==The Awards Ceremony==
The Ashden Awards hold a high-profile awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London in June, where the finalists present their achievements and receive their awards before an invited audience of politicians, business leaders, and key figures from the environment, development and energy worlds.
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The Ashden Awards hold an awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London in June, where the finalists present their achievements and receive their awards before an invited audience of politicians, business leaders, and key figures from the environment, development and energy worlds.
  
 
Previous hosts include broadcasters Anna Ford, John Humphrys and Jonathan Dimbleby and environmental journalist Mark Lynas.
 
Previous hosts include broadcasters Anna Ford, John Humphrys and Jonathan Dimbleby and environmental journalist Mark Lynas.
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===Awards week: Imperial College seminar===
 
===Awards week: Imperial College seminar===
During the 2008 Awards week the Ashden Awards their annual Imperial College seminar, where the finalists presented their work to an audience of 190 people, drawn from business, government, NGOs and education. The seminar was opened by Professor Sir Peter Knight, Principal of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College.
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During the 2008 Awards week the Ashden Awards held their annual Imperial College seminar, where the finalists presented their work to an audience of 190 people, drawn from business, government, NGOs and education. The seminar was opened by Professor Sir Peter Knight, Principal of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College.
  
 
Each presentation started with a short film of the Award-winning work. The winners then summarised their work, focusing on what had made it so successful, and how it could be replicated or developed elsewhere. The seminar was an inspiring summary of a wide range of sustainable energy systems working successfully throughout the world – including efficient stoves burning crop waste in India, sawdust in Tanzania and ethanol produced from waste in Ethiopia; micro-hydro in Brazil; solar drying in Uganda and solar PV in India, Bangladesh and China. From the UK, finalists spoke about energy efficiency for homes and businesses, ground source heat pumps, renewable energy installation and work in schools to promote energy efficiency and renewable generation.
 
Each presentation started with a short film of the Award-winning work. The winners then summarised their work, focusing on what had made it so successful, and how it could be replicated or developed elsewhere. The seminar was an inspiring summary of a wide range of sustainable energy systems working successfully throughout the world – including efficient stoves burning crop waste in India, sawdust in Tanzania and ethanol produced from waste in Ethiopia; micro-hydro in Brazil; solar drying in Uganda and solar PV in India, Bangladesh and China. From the UK, finalists spoke about energy efficiency for homes and businesses, ground source heat pumps, renewable energy installation and work in schools to promote energy efficiency and renewable generation.
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===Awards Week: International policy seminar===
 
===Awards Week: International policy seminar===
 
 
The International Policy Seminar was again held in partnership with DFID in 2008. The title ‘Scaling up low-carbon energy’ reflected the growing interest in the impacts of climate change and development. Both DFID staff and senior representatives from other development organisations attended the seminar.
 
The International Policy Seminar was again held in partnership with DFID in 2008. The title ‘Scaling up low-carbon energy’ reflected the growing interest in the impacts of climate change and development. Both DFID staff and senior representatives from other development organisations attended the seminar.
  
Three finalists were selected as speakers, to give a range of technology and geography along with different perspectives on sustainable energy and climate change. [http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/grameen08 Dipal Barua (Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh)] described how Technology Centres had been set up in Bangladesh to train women as entrepreneurs to install solar home lighting systems, and had now expanded into efficient stoves and biogas plants. [http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/creral08 João Alderi do Prado (CRERAL, Brazil)] explained how his co-operative had been construction mini-hydro systems to supply electricity in rural areas, creating new business opportunities and raising the standard of living. [http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/nile08 Angello Ndyaguma (Fruits of the Nile, Uganda)] described the use of solar fruit dryers in Uganda to convert surplus fruit into a marketable product, lifting families out of poverty.
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Three finalists were selected as speakers, to give a range of technology and geography along with different perspectives on sustainable energy and climate change. [http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/grameen08 Dipal Barua (Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh)] described how Technology Centres had been set up in Bangladesh to train women as entrepreneurs to install solar home lighting systems, and had now expanded into efficient stoves and biogas plants. [http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/creral08 João Alderi do Prado (CRERAL, Brazil)] explained how his co-operative had been construction mini-hydro systems to supply electricity in rural areas, creating new business opportunities and raising the standard of living. [http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/nile08 Angello Ndyaguma (Fruits of the Nile, Uganda)] described the use of solar fruit dryers in Uganda to convert surplus fruit into a marketable product, lifting families out of [[poverty]].
  
 
Each presentation started with a 5-minute documentary film, followed by a ten-minute presentation by the finalist.
 
Each presentation started with a 5-minute documentary film, followed by a ten-minute presentation by the finalist.
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==Ashden Awards resources==
 
==Ashden Awards resources==
To help achieve its goal of raising awareness of local sustainable energy, the Ashden Awards has developed resources that are freely available from the website:
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To help achieve its goal of raising awareness of local sustainable energy, the Ashden Awards has developed resources that are freely available from the websites:
* [http://www.ashdenawards.org/case_studies Database of case studies and films on past winners.]
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*[http://www.ashdenawards.org/case_studies Database of case studies and films on past winners.]  
* [http://www.ashdenawards.org/news Media centre, including films, photos and other materials for media use.]
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*[http://www.ashdenawards.org/news Media centre, including films, photos and other materials for media use.]  
* [http://www.ashdenawards.org/schools Schools resource, including lesson plans, films and teacher notes.]
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*[http://www.ashdenawards.org/schools Schools resource, including lesson plans, films and teacher notes.]  
* [http://www.ashdenawards.org/reports Reports and presentations, such as material from the Imperial College seminar and a research report carried out for DFID.]
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*[http://www.ashdenawards.org/reports Reports and presentations, such as material from the Imperial College seminar and a research report carried out for DFID.]
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Note that ashdenawards.org website does not give specify that material on their site can be reused under the [[CC-BY-SA]] license. Please limit copying from there to basic facts - or approach them to see if they would be interested in licensing their content under that license.
  
 
==Ashden Awards Blog==
 
==Ashden Awards Blog==
To allow informal reporting of news and discussion between past winners and others, the Ashden Awards also publishes a blog<ref>[http://ashdenawards.blogspot.com/ ashden awards blog]</ref>.
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To allow informal reporting of news and discussion between past winners and others, the Ashden Awards also publishes a [http://ashdenawards.blogspot.com/ blog].
 
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==Winners in 2008==
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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! Category/technology
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! Country/region
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! Organisation
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! Award-winning work
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|-
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|Outstanding achievement
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|Bangladesh
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|Grameen Shakti
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/grameen08 Rapidly growing solar installer provides clean cooking as well]
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|-
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|Efficient stoves
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|India
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|TIDE
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/tide08 Wood-saving stoves for small businesses in South India]
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|-
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|Solar PV
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|China
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|Renewable Energy Development Project (REDP)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/redp08 Bringing affordable, high-quality solar lighting to rural China]
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|-
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|Efficient stoves
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|Tanzania
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|Kisangani Smith Group
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ksg08 Blacksmiths develop wood-saving stoves]
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|-
+
|Efficient stoves
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|Ethiopia
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|Gaia Association
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/gaia08 Clean, safe ethanol stoves for refugee homes]
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|-
+
|Solar thermal
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|Uganda
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|Fruits of the Nile
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/nile08 Solar drying business links rural farmers with export markets]
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|-
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|Mini hydro
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|Brazil
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|CRERAL
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/creral08 Cooperative uses mini hydro to increase electricity supply on local grid]
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|-
+
|Solar PV
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|India
+
|Aryavart Gramin bank
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/agbank08 Bank helps customers to buy solar home systems]
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|-
+
 
+
|Charity
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|UK
+
|Global Action Plan
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/global_action_plan08 Bringing energy efficiency to the workplace and beyond]
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|-
+
|Charity
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|UK
+
|The Energy Agency, Ayrshire
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/energy_agency08 Using a community wind fund to improve energy efficiency of homes]
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|-
+
|Energy business
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|UK
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|Kensa
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/kensa08 Design and manufacture of heat pumps for easy installation]
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|-
+
|Energy business
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|UK
+
|Dulas
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/dulas08 Diverse renewable energy services from employee-owned business]
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|-
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|Local Authority
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|UK
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|Leeds City Council
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/leeds08 Continually improving efficiency in a large housing stock]
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|-
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|Local Authority
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|UK
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|Arun District Council
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/arun08 District council brings energy efficiency throughout its operations]
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|-
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|Schools
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|UK
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|Ringmer Community College
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ringmer08 Secondary pupil-led commitment to managing energy]
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|-
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|Schools
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|UK
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|Sandhills Primary School
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/sandhills08 Sustainable energy throughout culture and curriculum of a primary school]
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|}
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==Winners in 2007==
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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! Category
+
! Country/region
+
! Organisation
+
! Award-winning work
+
|-
+
|Outstanding achievement
+
|India
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|SELCO
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 Making solar energy affordable yet commercially viable]
+
|-
+
|Enterprise
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|China
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|Daxu Ltd
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 New stove designed to burn crop waste transforms the lives of rural users]
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|-
+
|Enterprise
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|Nepal
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|Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 Upgraded water mills benefit millers and villagers in the Himalayas]
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|-
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|Food Security
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|India
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|BIOTECH
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 Innovative scheme turns food waste into gas for cooking and electricity]
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|-
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|Food Security
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|India
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|SKG Sangha
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 Innovation in use of biogas slurry allows rural women to make a profit]
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|-
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|African Award
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|Tanzania
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|Zara Solar Ltd
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 Solar energy made affordable to the rural poor]
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|-
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|African Award
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|Ghana
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|Deng Ltd
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 Solar entrepreneurs bring electricity to rural communities]
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|-
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|Light and Power
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|Lao PDR
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|Sunlabob Ltd
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 Solar power electrifies rural villages at a price people can afford]
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|-
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|Light and Power
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|Peru
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|[[Practical Action]]
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 The power of water electrifies remote Andean villages]
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|-
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|Education and Welfare
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|Bangladesh
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|Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 Solar powered boats bring education and sustainable energy supplies to some of Bangladesh's poorest communities]
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|-
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|Education and Welfare
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|Philippines
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|AID Foundation
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_2007 New improved ram pump technology brings running water to hillside villages]
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|-
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|Renewable Energy
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|UK
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|Wood Energy Ltd
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_UK_2007 Expanding the supply of high quality wood-fuel boilers throughout the UK]
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|-
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|Renewable Energy
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|UK
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|Nottinghamshire County Council
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_UK_2007 Using wood for heating in schools]
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|-
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|Energy Efficiency
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|UK
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|Cumbria Energy Efficiency Advice Centre
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_UK_2007 Improving the efficiency of housing in Cumbria]
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|-
+
|Energy Efficiency
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|UK
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|ENWORKS
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_UK_2007 North West businesses make carbon saving pay]
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|-
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|Energy Business
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|UK
+
|Ecotricity
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_UK_2007 Local renewable electricity from large wind turbines]
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|-
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|Energy Business
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|UK
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|Solarcentury
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_UK_2007 Innovative design brings solar power to more rooftops]
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|-
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|Schools
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|UK
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|Woodheys Primary School
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_UK_2007 Whole-school commitment to practical energy saving]
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|-
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|Schools
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|UK
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|Seaton Primary School
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/finalists_UK_2007 Inspiring pupils and supplying sustainable energy with wind and solar systems]
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|}
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==Winners in 2006==
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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! Category
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! Country/region
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! Organisation
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! Award-winning work
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|-
+
|Food
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|India
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|VK-Nardep
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/vknardep Adding value to the residue from biogas plants]
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|-
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|Food
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|India
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|Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/arti06 Compact digester for producing biogas from food waste]
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|-
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|Food
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|Cambodia
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|[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupe_%C3%A9nergies_renouvelables,_environnement_et_solidarit%C3%A9s Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités] ([http://www.geres.eu/ GERES])
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/geres Commercialisation of efficient charcoal stoves in Cambodia]
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|-
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|Enterprise
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|India
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|International Development Enterprises, India (IDEI)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/idei Treadle pumps for improved agricultural productivity]
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|-
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|Light
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|Bangladesh
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|Rahimafrooz Batteries Ltd
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/rahimafrooz Local production of components for solar home systems]
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|-
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|Light
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|Bangladesh
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|Grameen Shakti
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/graheem Promotion and microfinance of solar home systems for rural households in Bangladesh]
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|-
+
|Light
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|Sri Lanka
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|SEEDS
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/seeds Micro-finance provides solar lighting to homes in rural Sri Lanka]
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|-
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|Health and Welfare
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|China
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|Shaanxi Mothers
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/shaanxi Fuel, compost and sanitation from biogas in rural China]
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|-
+
|Health and Welfare
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|Mexico
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|Grupo Interdisciplinario de Tecnología Rural Apropiada (GIRA)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/gira Clean and efficient cookstoves bringing health benefits in rural Mexico]
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|-
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|Special Africa Award
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|Tanzania
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|Mwanza Rural Housing Programme (MRHP)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/mrhp Using agricultural residues to fire high-quality bricks for low-cost housing]
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|-
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|Special Africa Award
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|Southern Africa
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|Aprovecho Research Centre
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/aprovecho Commercialisation of Rocket Stoves for institutional cooking in Southern Africa]
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|-
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|Renewable Electricity
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|UK
+
|Good Energy
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/goodenergy Home Generation: rewarding local renewable electricity generators]
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|-
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|Renewable Electricity
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|UK
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|Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/mbc Solar villages in Huddersfield]
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|-
+
|Renewable Heat
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|UK
+
|Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/barnsley District heating from local tree waste]
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|-
+
|Renewable Heat
+
|UK
+
|BioRegional Development Group
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/bdg 'TreeStations': establishing a local supply of wood-chip from waste]
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|-
+
|Energy Efficiency
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|UK
+
|Gloucestershire Warm and Well
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/warmandwell Widespread improvements in energy efficiency and comfort]
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|-
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|Energy Efficiency
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|UK
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|Energy Audit Company (EAC)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/eac Cavity wall insulation for all]
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|-
+
|Schools
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|UK
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|Eastchurch Primary School
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/eastchurch Good energy housekeeping]
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|-
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|Schools
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|UK
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|Cassop Primary School
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/cassop Sustainable energy in schools]
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|}
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==Winners in 2005==
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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! Category
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! Country/region
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! Organisation
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! Award-winning work
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|-
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|Health and Welfare
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|Nepal
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|Biogas Sector Partnership
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/bsp Domestic biogas for cooking and sanitation]
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|-
+
|Health and Welfare
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|Nigeria
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|KXN Nigeria Ltd
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/kxn PV-powered vaccine refrigeration for remote villages in north-east Nigeria]
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|-
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|Health and Welfare
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|Honduras
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|[http://www.treeswaterpeople.org Trees, Water & People] / AHDESA
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/trees Fuel-efficient stoves for rural and urban households]
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|-
+
|Food
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|India
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|Nishant Bioenergy Consultancy Limited
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/nishant School cookstoves running on crop waste in North India]
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|-
+
|Enterprise
+
|Bangladesh
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|Prokaushali Sangsad Limited (PSL)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/psl Solar co-operative for Bangladeshi women]
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|-
+
|Enterprise
+
|Rwanda
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|Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/kist05 Biogas plants providing sanitation and cooking fuel in Rwanda]
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|-
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|Enterprise
+
|India
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|SELCO India
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/selco Making a business from solar home systems]
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|-
+
|Light
+
|India
+
|Noble Energy Solar Technologies (NEST) Ltd
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/nest Affordable solar lanterns to replace kerosene lamps]
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|-
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|Light
+
|Philippines
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|Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMO)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/sitmo Micro-hydro power for villages in the historic rice terraces of the Philippines]
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|-
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|Energy Champions
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|UK
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|ALIEnergy
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ali Bringing sustainable energy to remote communities on the west coast of Scotland]
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|-
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|Energy Champions
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|UK
+
|Centre for Sustainable Energy
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/cse Advancing sustainable energy policy and practice for over 25 years]
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|-
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|Energy Efficiency
+
|UK
+
|Community Energy Plus
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/cep 'Home Health': bringing energy efficiency to communities in deprived areas of Cornwall]
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|-
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|Energy Efficiency
+
|UK
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|Second Nature
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/secondnature Developing a high-quality insulation for buildings, made of sheep's wool]
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|-
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|Renewable Electricity
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|UK
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|Renewable Devices Swift Turbines
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/swift Building-mounted wind turbines]
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|-
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|Renewable Electricity
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|UK
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|South Somerset Hydropower Group
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ssh Electricity generation from historic water mills]
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|-
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|Renewable Heat
+
|UK
+
|Thames Valley Bioenergy
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/thamesvalley Establishing a woodfuel economy in the Thames valley]
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|}
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==Winners in 2004==
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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! Category
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! Country/region
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! Organisation
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! Award-winning work
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|-
+
|Enterprise
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|Pakistan
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|Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/akrsp Micro-hydro power for remote communities in the Hindu Kush, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan]
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|-
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|Enterprise
+
|India
+
|Aurore
+
|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/aurore Solar power for communities, farmers and market traders across India]
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|-
+
|Enterprise
+
|India
+
|IT Power (ITPI)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/itpi Upgrading of traditional watermills in the Himalayas to enable the growth of local sustainable milling enterprises]
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|-
+
|Food
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|Pakistan
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|Escorts Foundation
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/escortsf Fuel-efficient stoves for rural women in Pakistan]
+
|-
+
|Food
+
|Guatemala
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|HELPS International
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/helps Fuel-efficient, safe wood-burning stoves for rural communities in Guatemala]
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|-
+
|Food
+
|India
+
|Prakratik Society
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/prakratik Biogas cooking stoves for villages on the fringes of the tiger reserve in Ranthambhore Park]
+
|-
+
|Light
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|Kenya
+
|Intermediate Technology Development Group Kenya (ITDG-EA)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/itdg 'Pico-hydro' power - bringing electricity to rural communities on the slopes of Mount Kenya]
+
|-
+
|Renewable Electricity
+
|UK
+
|Miles and Gail Fursdon
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/fursdon Micro-hydro power for a Dartmoor farm]
+
|-
+
|Renewable Heat
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|UK
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|Rural Energy Trust (RET)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ret Woodfuel heating systems for schools and public buildings]
+
|}
+
 
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==Winners in 2003==
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{| class="wikitable"
+
|-
+
! Category
+
! Country/region
+
! Organisation
+
! Award-winning work
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|-
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|Health and Welfare
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|Peru
+
|Asociacion Madrilena de Ingenieria Sin Fronteras
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/amisf Hispanic American health link in the Upper Amazon]
+
|-
+
|Health and Welfare
+
|Pakistan
+
|Barefoot College
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/barefootcollege Solar energy to meet basic needs in the Himalayas]
+
|-
+
|Food
+
|Eritrea
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|Energy Research and Training Centre (ERTC)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ertc Fuel efficient stoves for baking injera bread]
+
|-
+
|Food
+
|Nicaragua
+
|Prolena Nicaragua
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/prolena The Pro-Tortilla programme: modernisation of household tortilla businesses in Nicaragua with the 'Ecostove']
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|-
+
|Enterprise
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|India
+
|Madhya Pradesh Gramin Vikas Mandal
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/mpgvm Solar lamps for street hawkers]
+
|-
+
|Enterprise
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|Bangladesh
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|West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/wbreda Sagar Island - Solar Island]
+
|-
+
|Energy Efficiency
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|UK
+
|BioRegional Development Group
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/brdg Zed into the Mainstream]
+
|-
+
|Renewable Electricity
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|UK
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|Cwmni Gwynt Teg cooperative
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/cgt Ail Wynt project, Moel Moelogan Wind Farm]
+
|-
+
|Renewable Electricity
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|UK
+
|Sustainable Energy Action Ltd
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/seal Solar for London]
+
|}
+
 
+
==Winners in 2002==
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{| class="wikitable"
+
|-
+
! Category
+
! Country/region
+
! Organisation
+
! Award-winning work
+
|-
+
|Health and Welfare
+
|Tanzania
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|Adventures in Health, Education and Agricultural Development (AHEAD)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ahead A water testing and solar pasteurisation project for rural communities in Tanzania]
+
|-
+
|Health and Welfare
+
|Zambia
+
|African College for Community Based Natural Resource Management
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/accbnrm Solar powered electric fencing for securing livelihoods and conserving wildlife resources]
+
|-
+
|Food
+
|India
+
|Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/arti Converting sugar cane trash into domestic fuel]
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|-
+
|Food
+
|Kenya
+
|Solar Cookers International
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/sci Expansion of solar cooking programme at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya]
+
|}
+
 
+
==Winners in 2001==
+
{| class="wikitable"
+
|-
+
! Category
+
! Country/region
+
! Organisation
+
! Award-winning work
+
|-
+
|Food
+
|Nigeria
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|Centre for Household Energy and the Environment (CEHEEN)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ceheen Improved cooking stoves for poor families in rural and semi-rural areas of Nigeria]
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|-
+
|Food
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|Rwanda
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|Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/kist Popularisation of the 'KIST' improved bread oven, Rwanda]
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|-
+
|Health and Welfare
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|Honduras
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|Enersol Associates, Inc.
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/enersol Clean water for health: using solar electricity to deliver clean water in rural Honduras]
+
|-
+
|Education
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|Kenya
+
|Renewable Energy Technology Assistance Programme (RETAP)
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|[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/retap Integrating energy conservation and fuelwood production in schools to help conserve the forests of Mount Kenya]
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|}
+
  
== References ==
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==List of winners==
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{{main|List of Ashden Award winners}}
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The Ashden Awards have been presented to a number of organisations, including NGOs, businesses, local governments and schools.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[Renewable energy]]
 
* [[Renewable energy]]
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* [[Sawdust stove]]
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* [[CleanCook ethanol stove]]
  
 
==Interwiki links==
 
==Interwiki links==
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The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy are annual awards given by a charity of the same name that is based in London. They reward local sustainable energy projects in the UK and developing countries that protect the environment, and improve quality of life.

Sarah Butler-Sloss created the awards in 2001, from the Ashden Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

About the Ashden Awards[edit]

The Ashden Awards rewards and promotes local sustainable energy solutions in the UK and the developing world. Through the awards, they aim to raise awareness of the huge potential of local sustainable energy to both tackle climate change and improve the quality of people's lives. They aim to encourage its wider take-up across the world.

How the Awards make a difference[edit]

The Awards help transform the prospects of sustainable energy in several ways:

  • By giving cash prizes, they help winners take their work forward.
  • By actively promoting the winners and publicising their work through a worldwide media campaign, they aim to inspire others to follow their example.
  • By bringing winners together with key decision-makers and opinion-formers, they aim to change thinking and policy among governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) alike.

The Ashden Awards also carries out research into the potential of local sustainable energy to meet the world’s energy needs and tackle climate change, and examine ways of overcoming the barriers to its wider adoption.

The UK Awards[edit]

In 2009, the Ashden Awards will be giving awards for the UK in the following categories:

  • Energy business
  • Local Authority
  • Charity

There are three first prizes of £30,000 each, and three second prizes of £15,000 each.

Energy Business Award[edit]

This award is for businesses which have made local renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services more accessible. We are particularly interested in enterprises which have opened up new opportunities. Previous winners like Kensa (2008), Dulas (2008), Ecotricity (2007), Solarcentury (2007), Good Energy (2006) and Second Nature (2005) have shown the type of entrepreneurial achievement which this Award recognises.

Local Authority Award[edit]

This award is for Local Authorities which have undertaken effective initiatives and programmes to improve energy efficiency and/or increase the supply of local renewable energy (heat and electricity), and also promoted the wider use of sustainable energy through local planning and policies. Previous winners like Leeds City Council (2008), Arun District Council (2008), Nottinghamshire CC (2007), Barnsley MBC (2006) and Kirklees MBC (2006) show the type of programme which this Award recognises.

Charity Award[edit]

This award is for not-for-profit groups such as Energy Agencies and charities, which have carried out projects or programmes to reduce energy demand and/or increase the supply of renewable energy (heat and electricity), at a local level. Previous winners like Global Action Plan (2008), The Energy Agency (2008), ENWORKS (2007), Severn Wye Energy Agency(2006) and Community Energy Plus (2005) are relevant to this category.

The UK Schools Award[edit]

This Award is open to any UK school, providing education for pupils aged between 5 and 16, which has developed both an ethos and practice of sustainability, in which the responsible use of energy is a key component. The Award carries a first prize of £15,000 and two second prizes of £7,500.

The 2008 winners were Ringmer Community College, East Sussex and Sandhills Primary School, Oxford.

The International Awards[edit]

In 2009 there will be up to seven International awards of £20,000 each, and one Ashden Energy Champion Award of £40,000 for the work which most impresses the judging panel. All awards bring a package of benefits in addition to the prize money, including a short documentary film of the award-winning work, publicity, and longer-term development support.

Awards are given for the service to communities provided by the use of sustainable energy, rather than for the technology used. In 2009, awards will highlight the particular achievements of each winner, rather than be offered in specific categories, with the main areas of interest being:

  • Food security
  • Health, education and welfare
  • Light and power for homes and businesses
  • Enterprise

Food security Renewable energy can be used in any part of the food supply chain, from growing, processing, storage and cooking, through to marketing and distribution. Relevant past winners include the Escorts Foundation (Pakistan, 2004) and Trees, Water and People (Honduras, 2005) for the development and dissemination of improved fuelwood stoves; Biotech (India, 2007) for the development of a pre-fabricated biogas digester for domestic and municipal use; IDEI (India, 2006) for dissemination of affordable pumps to provide water to irrigate food crops.

Health, education and welfare Renewable energy can be used directly in healthcare facilities and schools (including providing light, refrigeration, sterilisation and communications), and provide light for study at home. It can also bring improvements to health in homes or schools (including reducing smoke from stoves, and improving sanitation). Relevant past winners include RETAP (Kenya, 2001), which combined the introduction of a highly energy efficient cooking stove for schools with a scheme by which they can grow much of their own fuelwood in the school grounds; Engineers without Borders (Peru, 2003) for solar-powered communications systems for remote jungle health centres; KXN (Nigeria, 2005) for providing solar-powered vaccine refrigerators in Nigeria; GIRA (Mexico, 2006) for providing low-emission woodstoves and analysing their health benefits; and AID Foundation (Philippines, 2007) for hydraulic ram pumps delivering fresh water to remote villages.

Light and power for homes and businesses Renewable electricity can power clean, efficient portable lamps or fixed lighting for homes or community buildings both in areas which are not connected to grid power, and also where mains electricity is unreliable or unaffordable. Small scale renewable electricity can also enable businesses and social services to develop. Relevant past winners include Practical Action (Peru, 2007) for micro-hydro schemes which have brought electricity to homes and businesses in remote villages and Zara Solar (Tanzania, 2007) for delivering reliable solar PV systems for lighting and business in areas without access to the electricity grid.

Enterprise Businesses can play an important role in delivering renewable energy and encouraging its rapid spread. Some past winners are businesses, including SELCO-India (India, 2005) which built up a thriving business network supplying high-quality solar lighting systems, and Daxu (China, 2007) which commercialised an efficient household stove that can burn crop waste for water heating and cooking. The work of other winners has helped small businesses to develop, including MRHP (Tanzania, 2006) which trained and supported small brick-making businesses, and IDEI (India, 2006) which developed a supply-chain of small businesses to manufacture, sell and install water pumps.

The Awards Ceremony[edit]

The Ashden Awards hold an awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London in June, where the finalists present their achievements and receive their awards before an invited audience of politicians, business leaders, and key figures from the environment, development and energy worlds.

Previous hosts include broadcasters Anna Ford, John Humphrys and Jonathan Dimbleby and environmental journalist Mark Lynas.

Guest speakers over the last three years include Sir David King, Wangari Maathai, Al Gore, David Attenborough, Hilary Benn, the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Dr RK Pachauri, Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party and Lord May of Oxford, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government.

After presenting the prizes at the 2007 ceremony Al Gore commented:

"No one can attend an event like the Ashden Awards and fail to be inspired. We must find a path from an unsustainable present to a sustainable future.

What impresses me most about these projects is they truly are becoming the change that is needed in the world.

These Awards tell us how to illuminate this path to a sustainable future together. I hope that we can make it quickly."

Ashden Awards Seminars[edit]

The Ashden Awards also holds specialist seminars bringing together Award winners with practitioners, academics, and those who make or influence policy. Examples of recent seminars are:

Awards week: Imperial College seminar[edit]

During the 2008 Awards week the Ashden Awards held their annual Imperial College seminar, where the finalists presented their work to an audience of 190 people, drawn from business, government, NGOs and education. The seminar was opened by Professor Sir Peter Knight, Principal of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College.

Each presentation started with a short film of the Award-winning work. The winners then summarised their work, focusing on what had made it so successful, and how it could be replicated or developed elsewhere. The seminar was an inspiring summary of a wide range of sustainable energy systems working successfully throughout the world – including efficient stoves burning crop waste in India, sawdust in Tanzania and ethanol produced from waste in Ethiopia; micro-hydro in Brazil; solar drying in Uganda and solar PV in India, Bangladesh and China. From the UK, finalists spoke about energy efficiency for homes and businesses, ground source heat pumps, renewable energy installation and work in schools to promote energy efficiency and renewable generation.

The seminar will be repeated during the 2009 Awards week.

Awards Week: International policy seminar[edit]

The International Policy Seminar was again held in partnership with DFID in 2008. The title ‘Scaling up low-carbon energy’ reflected the growing interest in the impacts of climate change and development. Both DFID staff and senior representatives from other development organisations attended the seminar.

Three finalists were selected as speakers, to give a range of technology and geography along with different perspectives on sustainable energy and climate change. Dipal Barua (Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh) described how Technology Centres had been set up in Bangladesh to train women as entrepreneurs to install solar home lighting systems, and had now expanded into efficient stoves and biogas plants. João Alderi do Prado (CRERAL, Brazil) explained how his co-operative had been construction mini-hydro systems to supply electricity in rural areas, creating new business opportunities and raising the standard of living. Angello Ndyaguma (Fruits of the Nile, Uganda) described the use of solar fruit dryers in Uganda to convert surplus fruit into a marketable product, lifting families out of poverty.

Each presentation started with a 5-minute documentary film, followed by a ten-minute presentation by the finalist.

How to apply for an Ashden Award[edit]

To apply for an Award, visit the relevant page on the Ashden Awards website and follow the instructions there:

Ashden Awards resources[edit]

To help achieve its goal of raising awareness of local sustainable energy, the Ashden Awards has developed resources that are freely available from the websites:

Note that ashdenawards.org website does not give specify that material on their site can be reused under the CC-BY-SA license. Please limit copying from there to basic facts - or approach them to see if they would be interested in licensing their content under that license.

Ashden Awards Blog[edit]

To allow informal reporting of news and discussion between past winners and others, the Ashden Awards also publishes a blog.

List of winners[edit]

The Ashden Awards have been presented to a number of organisations, including NGOs, businesses, local governments and schools.

See also[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

External links[edit]