First published on the Cleantech Investor website, 22 May 2014
The 2014 Ashden Awards winners were announced this evening in a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London which included a speech from Lord Stern.
In total, fourteen sustainable energy enterprises from the UK, Europe, Africa, India and Southeast Asia were recognised at the ceremony for tackling climate change and transforming lives, each receiving a prize of up to £40,000.
Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director, speaking at the ceremony, identified four key trends in sustainable energy, all of which were reflected in the businesses of the awards winners. The first three are: cheaper solar, sustainable buildings and communications. The fourth reflects the theme of this year's Ashden conference which took place earlier this week, Sustainable Energy for Women and Girls - and has been encapsulated in the Twitter hashtag #volts4women, which has featured in a social media campaign backed by development agencies including DfID and USAID (both sponsors this year).
The UK 'gold' award went to UK company Abundance Generation, which has a crowd funding site for investment in renewable energy and which was the winner of the award for Energy Innovation. The international 'gold' award was won by Infosys, India - which also won the award for Sustainable Buildings.