21 June 2013
This year's Ashden UK Gold Award was the Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA), for its parternship with social housing contractor and developer United House to offer a measurement and installation process allowing solid-walled properties to be rapidly insulated. The process, which uses laser scanning and other standard building trade technologies in a novel way, reduces costs by at least a fifth and can potentially cut fuel bills by up to 40%. If the process was rolled out to all 7.8 million of the UK’s hard-to-treat homes, it has been estimated that it could £3 billion pounds and 14 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.
According to the Ashden Judges:
"This could play a major role in reducing fuel poverty by keeping homes warm while radically cutting fuel bills. This successful business partnership could revolutionise the home insulation sector, as well as providing new opportunities for employment in the green economy.”
The 2013 Ashden Award winners were announced at an event at the Royal Geographical Society in London last night. The UK Ashden Award winners were: Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) in Cornwall; cleantech innovators Monodraught Ltd and the national fuel poverty charity National Energy Action. Runners up for the UK Awards were: OVESCO, Breathing Buildings and KiWi Power.
Sustrans, whcih is extending the National Cycle Network, received the Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel. Runners up for Ashden Eurostar Awards for Sustainable Travel were: Metro and Stagecoach. Hollybush Primary School in Derry, Northern Ireland and South Farnborough Infants School in Hampshire won Ashden School Awards. Runners up for the Ashden School Awards were: Thomas A Becket Middle School, Worthing and Cockermouth School, West Cumbria.
Four International Awards and two Awards for Small Island Developing States were also presented at the ceremony. Solar lantern charity SolarAid received the International Gold Award – worth £40,000 – for its work to distribute simple study lanterns to people in rural East Africa. The charity, which has sold over 500,000 lamps since 2010, is now the largest distributor of solar lights in Africa. The three other international winners were Impact Carbon, WWF DRC and Azuri Technologies. Runners up for the International Awards were: MicroEnergy Credits, OMC Power, and Cookswell Jikos. Runners up for the UK Awards were: OVESCO, Breathing Buildings and KiWi Power.
The World Bank Ashden Awards for Small Island Developing States were won by Cape Verde’s Cabeólica and D&E Green Enterprises of Haiti. Runners up for the Awards for Small Island Developing States were: Green Power and the National Development Bank of Palau.