In 2020 we will be awarding those working to rapidly decarbonise our world, whilst improving lives. We will be looking for those working on solutions to the climate emergency, through new products, services and behaviour change. When completing your application please indicate the specific category/categories you feel are most relevant to your work. We will consider your application in categories other than the ones you have indicated if we feel they fit your work more closely.

Ashden awards enterprises and programmes that are tackling climate change and that promote a fair transition through innovation with the potential for huge impact. They are seeking solutions ready to scale that contribute to decarbonisation, the reduction of inequality or positively contributing to social justice issues.

They favour solutions that encourage participation and democratisation and deliver increasing resilience to climate and economic impacts. They always seek to understand and highlight the additional benefits such as improved health, reduced pollution and better livelihoods embodied in great applications.

The benefits of winning an Ashden Award include:

  • Prestige of winning one of the world’s top sustainability awards. The rigour of  assessment process is well known to investors, policymakers, academics and other experts in the sustainable energy and climate change sector around the world;
  • Membership of an alumni network of Ashden Award winners, which facilitates learning and opportunities to create productive partnerships;
  • Opportunities to present  work to large and influential audiences at the Ashden Awards Ceremony and other Ashden events;
  • The chance to have work profiled in regional, national, international and specialist media. Ashden’s communication team works to get winners exposure in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio, and on a wide range on online platforms. This continues long after the award ceremony – Ashden regularly secures coverage for winners months and even years after they win their award;
  • Promotional material including photographs, print material and broadcast quality video for winners to use in their own marketing efforts;
  • Where it can have a significant impact, tailored support from  programme team to grow or replicate  work: this can include professional mentoring, training, help raising finance and investment, and media and communications support;
  • Where it can have significant impact, introductions to influential policy and decision makers, and an opportunity to make voice heard;
  • They also seek to integrate UK based winners into Live able Cities programme of work, where they embed  winners’ approaches into policy and practice. They have recently published a climate action co-benefits toolkit for local authorities, featuring great case studies from  alumni which has been downloaded over 3,000 times. they run a network of city region sustainability lead officers, with regular meetings where they showcase winners’ solutions.
  • Additionally, there is opportunity for  winners to participate in a programme of free masterclasses which help them to get to grips with a wide range of practical issues. This can be anything from customer experience, developing a communications strategy or getting investment ready.
  • Businesses, NGOs, government organisations, and social enterprises (both for-profit and not-for profit, including community groups) are all eligible;
  • Each award is limited to work in certain parts of the world;
  • To be shortlisted and win an Award, all applicants must satisfy these eligibility criteria:
    • The applicant must have products, services or programmes currently available for customers, clients or beneficiaries;
    • The applicant must show an innovative approach to sustainable energy;
    • The applicant must be putting forward innovation with the potential to create significant impact;
    • The applicant must show good governance and management.
How to Apply

Visit this page for more information and application process. 

Ashden Awards 2020