The shortlist for this year’s Ashen Awards, which champions low carbon enterprises and innovations in the UK and developing world, has been announced.
Seventeen companies have been shortlisted for the 2014 UK Ashden Awards, including several which are helping domestic and commercial buildings reduce their energy use and cut their carbon footprint, for example through low carbon building materials, helping organisations monitor their energy use or through new low energy ventilation systems.
UK Ashden Awards shortlist
- Abundance NRG – Online platform for the public to invest in renewable energy
- Accuflow: Flowsave – A plumbing device that enables combi-boilers to save water and energy
- Alquist – Helping datacentres reduce their carbon footprint through better temperature control
- Change Agents UK – Training and then employing graduates to provide energy-saving advice
- Chop-Cloc – Helping households cut fuel bills with a device to alter central heating timing
- Decarbon – Finance for corporate clients to install energy efficiency equipment
- Demand Logic – Identifying energy wastage in large buildings though data analysis
- The DoNation – A website for people to ‘sponsor’ someone by taking action that benefits the environment and saves them money
- Global Action Plan – Engaging hospital staff in energy-saving behaviour
- TreeStation – Manchester business maximising the use of local wood resources for heating and timber
- Lime Technology – Energy efficient structural and cladding building components from sustainable sources
- OVESCO – Lewes-based community-owned renewable energy company
- Pilio – Helping organisations monitor and manage their energy use
- T4 Sustainability – Providing renewable energy consultancy and installation services to businesses, communities and the public sector
- Pure Leapfrog – Low-cost loans and free professional advice for community energy projects
- Ventive – Passive heat recovery ventilation system for homes
- Your Homes Newcastle – Tackling fuel poverty by showing poor households how to save energy
Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden founder director, commented:
“This shortlist represents the enterprises and organisations that have passed the first hurdle on the journey to winning an Ashden Award. Over the coming months we’ll be continuing our judging and assessing process of shortlisted applicants, which will result in our announcement in May of the most exciting sustainable energy champions of 2014.”
Finalists for each award category will be announced in early April, with awards presented at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 22 May, hosted for the second year running by broadcaster and cultural commentator Emma Freud.
UK Ashden Award winners will receive a cash prize of between £10,000 and £20,000, a platform to promote their work and tailored support to grow even further.