2021 Ashden Awards

Coronavirus and COP26 make climate solutions more vital than ever 

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 8 January 2021

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The search for outstanding climate solutions is on, with entries now open for the 2021 Ashden Awards.

As communities aim to endure and recover from the pandemic, backing green innovation is more important than ever.

Climate innovations can help deliver a green recovery from coronavirus by creating better health, well-paid jobs and fairer societies (as well as lower emissions). 

Climate solutions

The awards will highlight trailblazing climate solutions in the public, private and charity sectors.

This year, three categories target initiatives in the UK and four target low-income countries internationally.

Winners benefit from a grant of up to £20,000, publicity, business support and networking opportunities so their ideas can be scaled up or replicated. 

‘We’re looking for initiatives that can spark radical progress, showing us the way to a low carbon future, and that deliver genuine climate justice. They should empower those most at risk from climate change, such as by refugees or indigenous people. Entries will be examined by our most diverse group of assessors and judges ever.’

HARRIET LAMB
Ashden CEO
 

Ashden Award categories

The 2021 award categories are: 

  • Climate innovation in the UK, supported by Impax
  • Green skills (UK), supported by Garfield Weston
  • Greener communities (UK), supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • Natural climate solutions
  • Cooling in informal settlements, supported by K-CEP/ ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Energy access innovation
  • Humanitarian energy, supported by LinburyTrust and the Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund

‘As the countdown to the crucial COP26 climate talks begins, we look forward to uncovering bold, brilliant and brave ideas that will power a green recovery. 

‘Climate solutions must empower and involve every corner of society, ensuring more people enjoy huge benefits such as better health, decent work and reduced inequality. In fact, this year we’ve created a new award for initiatives supporting greener communities in the UK. You don’t need to be a climate-focused organisation to apply – tackling the climate crisis is about people coming together to make a difference.

‘If you’re thinking of applying for an award, our website has all the information you need. If not, please share this news as widely as possible – it’s an easy way to support the growth of inspiring climate solutions.’

HARRIET LAMB
Ashden CEO

Entries are open now; the closing date is 03 March 2021, with winners announced in autumn. Click here to enter

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