Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy - 2012

Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy - 2012


The Ashden Awards reward organisations that deliver, or play a key part in delivering, renewable energy and energy efficiency at the local level, and through this bring social, economic and environmental benefits.


The Ashden Awards are a showcase for -


1. Organisations delivering end-user or carbon finance, to help provide access to renewable electricity or clean cooking.


2. Manufacturers who have developed and brought to market new products that provide renewable electricity or clean cooking for low income customers.


3. Off-grid and grid-connected renewable electricity schemes bringing significant local benefits.


4. The production of renewable fuel for heat or electricity generation, e.g pellets made from biomass, briquettes made from crop waste.


5. Renewable energy schemes or enterprises that demonstrably reduce deforestation through their work, e.g. better charcoal production, more efficient cookstoves, energy efficiency measures for homes.


In 2012 Ashden Awards` will make a total of up to six International Awards. One Gold Award will have a prize fund of £40,000 and the others will win prize funds of £20,000 each.


An Ashden International Award also brings:


1. Kudos of winning a prestigious Ashden Award.


2. A short, broadcast-quality documentary film of your Award-winning work.


3. Opportunities to present your work to large and influential audiences at the Ashden Awards ceremony and conference.


4. National and international publicity, through the work of our specialist media team.


5. Tailored help from our support team to take your work further: this can include professional mentoring, training, and introductions to grant, carbon and investment financers.


6. Membership of the network of Ashden Award-winners, who are all leading practitioners in local, sustainable energy.


Who can apply for an Ashden International Award?


1. Businesses, NGOs, social enterprises and government organisations are all eligible.


2. The application can be for a specific programme, or for a product or service that has been proven on the market. This may be the whole work of an organisation, or part of it.


3. The work must be delivered in areas that do not have developed world standards of living. These can rural or urban in Africa, Central and South America and Asia.



General criteria for the International Ashden Awards


To be shortlisted and win an Award, work must:


1. Have been delivering, or helping to deliver, renewable energy and energy efficiency at a local level for at least one year. Examples include biogas, hydro, solar pv, wind and efficient stoves. We do not reward start-up, pilot or demonstration projects.


2. Be delivering, or helping to deliver, significant social and economic benefits to individuals and communities. Benefits could include improvements in quality of life, health and welfare, educational facilities, food security or income-generating activities. Work must respect local culture and customs.


3. Be delivering, or helping to deliver, demonstrable benefits to the environment. Award jury need to see evidence of the energy generated or saved, greenhouse gas emissions reduced and benefits to the local environment, such as avoided deforestation.


4. Be operating at significant scale, have the capacity to expand, and be replicable. Award jury is looking for work that has significant potential to grow, and that will encourage the widespread uptake of local, sustainable energy.


5. Be financially sustainable. Award jury is looking for efficient use of funds and evidence that future funding is secure, whether from sales, carbon finance, investment, grants or any other source.. Organisations can be for-profit or not-for-profit, but must have a clear path to being financially sustainable.


6. Show an innovative approach to sustainable energy. Many Award-winners use established technologies, but there must be innovative aspects to the work as a whole. These could include novel approaches to marketing; better financing schemes; training and skills development; introducing a technology to a different country or region; different business models.


7. Be run by an organisation with the capacity and commitment to expand the work. Award-winning organisations must demonstrate good governance and management, a continuing commitment to sustainable energy, and a willingness to work with others such as finance organisations or training providers.


How to Apply for a 2012 Ashden International Award


If your sustainable energy work fits the Awards criteria then, apply for an Ashden Award, by filling in the application form. For more info visit to Award website or ask to Ozg NGO Consultants by writing to:



Applications must be received by Tuesday 18 October 2011.


Timetable for the 2012 Ashden International Awards


Tuesday 18 October 2011

Deadline for receipt of online applications


Monday 7 November 2011

Up to 16 applicants will be shortlisted and sent a form


to submit further detailed information. All other



applicants will be notified.


Friday 2 December 2011

Deadline for receipt of detailed information from






Monday 12 December 2011

Deadline for receipt of references for shortlist


January 2012

International judging panel meeting to select about


eight finalists from the shortlist. All shortlisted



applicants will be notified of the outcome.


February and early March

Judges and assessors visit all finalists






March 2012

Second meeting of International judging panel to select


up to six Award winners from the finalists. All finalists



will be notified of the outcome.


Late March and April 2012

Films and detailed case studies made of winners.


Preparation of publicity materials about all finalists.




Late May 2012

Winners to London for interviews, Awards ceremony,


conference and publicity activities.





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