Finalists announced for Ashden UK and Travel Awards

by Search Gate staff. Published Tue 10 Mar 2016 09:00
Ashden Awards are a measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy
Ashden Awards are a measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy

The shortlist has been announced for the 2016 Ashden UK and Travel Awards. The Awards are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy and celebrate the organisations that Ashden considers to be leading the way in this field.

This year’s UK shortlist includes two organisations focusing on scaling up local renewable energy generation, two companies helping to reduce the energy consumption of large buildings, two organisations working to alleviate fuel poverty and a building services engineering company influencing building design to increase energy efficiency.

The seven finalists for the 2016 Ashden UK Awards are:

* The London Borough of Islington’s SHINE initiative (fuel poverty)

* Beat the Cold (fuel poverty)

* Max Fordham (building design)

* Demand Logic (energy consumption – large buildings)

* Enistic (energy consumption – large buildings)

* TGV Hydro (micro hydro)

* The Low Carbon Hub (renewables).

Reading Buses (low-carbon transport) is on the shortlist for the 2016 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel, also announced today. Three other sustainable travel initiatives are on the shortlist, including a peer-to-peer car rental scheme in Bruges, Belgium and a cycling business collective in Nantes, France.

The shortlist for the 2016 Ashden International Awards will be announced on March 17. A total of 11 Ashden Award winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society on June 11.

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director, said: “It’s exciting to see such a wide variety of initiatives that are finding innovative ways of spreading the benefits of sustainable energy, which include helping reduce building running costs, tackling fuel poverty, and improving quality of life in our towns and cities.”

Winners collect a substantial financial prize and benefit from the prestige of entering an elite group of Ashden Alumni, which can give a huge boost to their chances of attracting new funding and customers. Ashden also gives winners tailored business support and provides networking opportunities to help them to scale up their work.

Funders of the 2016 Ashden Awards include Citibank, the Department for International Development, Eurostar, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Impax Asset Management, the Coutts Foundation and the Waterloo Foundation.

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