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Ashden Awards for Sustainability – call for entrants

by Mel Starrs on October 30, 2006

in Events & Conferences

via:: Green Building Press

Two (or three) weeks left to enter – entries are now invited up until 14th (international) and 21st (UK and Schools) November 2006 for The 2007 Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. The awards have been running since 2003.  Previous winners include:

Gloucestershire Warm and Well Widespread improvements in energy efficiency and comfort 2006

The aim of the Ashden Awards is to promote the widespread use of local, sustainable energy as a tool for tackling the causes of climate change and providing social and economic benefits to communities across the UK. Winning schemes must be highly replicable. Successful applicants must also demonstrate that their scheme is delivering social and economic benefits to the local communities they serve. The Awards reward achievements that have been operational for at least one year and provide funding for future developments.
The three UK categories are:

Renewable Energy Award: for projects or programmes that generate renewable electricity and/or heat at a local level. It can include schemes which feed electricity from a local source into the grid.

Energy Efficiency Award: for projects or programmes that have succeeded in increasing the efficiency of energy use, or have reduced demand, at a local level.

Energy Business Award: this NEW award is for successful businesses that are making innovative renewable energy and/or energy efficiency products and services more accessible to the public and are in operation at the local level.

There is also a special award, launched in 2006, for Schools, that are making sustainable energy a key and on-going part of their practice and culture, including improving energy efficiency, utilizing renewable energy within the school premises and involving the pupils in the promotion and use of sustainable energy.

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder and Director of the Awards said of last years winners: “They show how using local sustainable energy not only reduces carbon emissions, but can also have significant social and economic benefits. Most importantly, by bringing energy generation and efficiencies to peoples’ homes and schools, these projects are putting people in touch with the energy they use, and hence giving them the power to help tackle climate change. I hope these examples will inspire others to follow”.