Ashden Awards celebrate UK's sustainable energy pioneers

by Search Gate staff. Published Thu 11 Jun 2015 21:54, Last updated: 2015-06-11
Demand Logic win award for energy analysis of building management systems
Demand Logic win award for energy analysis of building management systems

Organisers of the Ashden Awards have this evening honoured the leading sustainable energy trailblazers for their work in tackling climate change and increasing energy efficiency.

Winners of the 2015 UK Ashden Awards received their trophies at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society, hosted by broadcaster Emma Freud.

Ashden has been rewarding sustainable energy trailblazers in the UK and across the globe since 2001. The four winners of the 2015 UK Ashden Awards are:

* Max Fordham, a firm of environmental engineers which works with architects to design beautiful buildings that maximize energy efficiency, works with occupants to get the best of out of their buildings and is driving up standards across the entire building sector. Max Fordham wins the prestigious Ashden UK Gold Award and the Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

* Demand Logic, a cleantech company which has developed a web-based system to detect sources of energy wastage in large commercial buildings and then advises clients on how these can be prevented. Demand Logic wins the Impax Ashden Award for Energy Innovation.

* TGV Hydro, a community-owned not-for profit company installing micro-hydro electricity schemes across Wales, improving rural livelihoods and helping Wales transition from fossil fuels. TGV Hydro wins the Ashden Award for Community Energy, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

* SHINE, a service run within Islington Local Authority to support people living in fuel poverty, which is easing pressure on health budgets and improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the borough. SHINE wins the Ashden Award for Reducing Fuel Poverty, supported by the Coutts Foundation.

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director said: “Whether it’s Max Fordham minimising the energy needs of new builds and refurbishments or Demand Logic reducing the energy consumption of large commercial buildings, TGV Hydro helping to improve rural livelihoods in Wales or SHINE providing a joined-up approach to tackling fuel poverty and improving health, our UK winners are remarkable for their innovation.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to support their game-changing work.”

Demand Logic, TGV Hydro and SHINE receive £10,000 prize money. Max Fordham as Gold Award winner receives £20,000. All winners receive tailored support from Ashden to help them expand their work even further.

Eleven awards in total were presented this evening. International Award winners are BURN Manufacturing in Kenya, EcoCasa in Mexico, Enertiva in Costa Rica, the Sarhad Rural Support Programme in Pakistan and SteamaCo in Kenya, which received the Ashden International Gold Award. Winners of the Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are Les Boîtes à Vélo in Nantes, France and Tapazz in Antwerp, Belgium.

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