Entries open: Ashden Award for Climate Innovation in the UK
About the project
- Free to enter
- Win a £10,000 grant, marketing, and development support, access to funding and investment networks.
- Award focuses on energy systems, the built environment, and a circular industrial economy.
- Deadline 3rd March 2021.
Climate charity Ashden has opened entries for the 2021 Ashden Award for Climate Innovation in the UK.
The award will boost organisations creating or inspiring large-scale emissions reductions, and overcoming major barriers on the road to a low-carbon UK.
The winner will receive a £10,000 grant, while all finalists are given marketing support and access to Ashden’s network of funders, investors and expert partners. This includes connections with local authorities across the UK, as well as national sustainability organisations.
Winners and finalists will also get the chance to take part in Ashden-run workshops and masterclasses on a range of topics. Ashden will make a powerful promotional film about the winner’s work.
Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb said:
“As host of this year’s pivotal COP26 climate talks, the UK must be a low-carbon leader. This means creating a more sustainable built environment, introducing more efficient heating systems, and reducing waste from homes and businesses.
“Yet even the best initiatives often lack the resources and profile needed to scale-up. That’s why we seek to discover, shine the spotlight on and promote them. Investing in these radical ideas can also kickstart a green recovery from coronavirus.”
Focus and criteria
The UK Government’s aim to reach net-zero-carbon by 2050 is worryingly unambitious – but even this meek target demands huge growth in high-impact climate solutions.
This award will target key areas with the potential to unlock significant carbon savings across the UK – advances in energy systems (particularly heating), the built environment, and industrial innovation supporting a circular economy.
Examples include businesses driving advances in heat pump installation or low-carbon district heating, organisations making progress in affordable retrofit or low-carbon construction, and those reusing materials and equipment or embracing bio-based alternatives. Businesses, charities and public sector organisations are all eligible.