International Award winners
Ashden Award for Powering Business
Ecolibrium Energy is an Indian start-up addressing the need for demand-side energy management through SmartSense, its big data energy analytics platform.
Ashden Award for Clean Energy for Women and Girls
Empower Generation is bringing clean energy to vulnerable communities in Nepal, helping to eradicate poverty, improve health and reduce carbon emissions. The social enterprise is empowering women to become entrepreneurs by training them to own a business and manage a sales force.
Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Water
Futurepump makes a low-cost, highly efficient and portable solar irrigation pump for smallholder farmers in Kenya and around the world, allowing them to increase their income by growing more crops all year round.
Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings
Haileybury Youth Trust (HYT), a charity training young people in Uganda to build using interlocking blocks made of compressed earth, a low-cost, carbon-saving alternative to the environmentally damaging fired brick.
Ashden Award for SustainableTransport
Hangzhou Bicycle Service in China is the largest public bike share scheme in the world and, to date, thousands of bicycles have been rented for free more than 700 million times in the past eight years thanks to an innovative financial model.
Ashden Judges’ Special Award
Mobisol sells powerful solar home systems that allow customers in East Africa to use fridges, watch TV and charge mobile phones – and small businesses to operate – without relying on fossil fuels.
Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access
Pamir Energy has so far restored 11 hydro power plants and built two new plants in East Tajikistan, linking 96% of households there – compared with 13% previously – with reliable clean electricity, enabling schools to re-open and allowing people to heat their homes in winter.
Ashden Award for Innovative Finance
PEG Africa is the largest off-grid solar company in Ghana, as well as a driving force for pay as you go solar energy in West Africa, distributing clean energy to the country’s most remote areas, including those without roads or running water.
Al Gore to speak at ceremony
The 13 winning organisations will receive their Ashden Award on Thursday 15 June at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Former Vice-President of the US Al Gore is the keynote speaker and Channel 4 presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy is hosting the Awards.
Ashden Award winners receive prize money along with a package of tailored support to help scale up their work.
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