2016 Ashden Awards: Search for trailblazers in sustainable building and energy efficiency sector

Ashden is today launching its call for entries for the 2016 Ashden Awards, offering the chance for trailblazers in the sustainable construction and energy efficiency sector in the UK to receive global recognition for their efforts.

Entry to the awards is free, with up to five UK winners receiving awards totalling £55,000 at a prestigious ceremony in London on 9 June 2016.

The Ashden Awards aim to uncover the most exciting sustainable energy pioneers in the UK and elsewhere which are breaking new ground in increasing the use of reliable and cost effective clean energy.

This year the charity is particularly interested in hearing from businesses, housing associations and public sector organisations across the country that are retrofitting existing buildings, involved in the construction of new buildings, or offering products to reduce demand for energy in buildings.

According to Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future and Acting Chair of Ashden:

“The Ashden Awards are one of the most inspiring initiatives I’ve ever been involved in, and I know that many, many people look forward to the annual Awards Ceremony as one of the most uplifting events of the year!

Ashden Award winners are precisely the kind of entrepreneurs and crusaders who we need to be focusing on today, bringing the energy technologies and systems from the future into our lives right now. This whole initiative is playing a critical role in helping us move towards a more sustainable society.”

This year Demand Logic won the Impax Ashden Award for Energy Innovation for its approach to making sense of the masses of environmental data available for modern buildings and dramatically cutting energy bills by working to fix ‘energy insanities’ like rooms being heated and cooled at the same time.

Demand Logic’s CEO Joe Short said:

“Overall, the judging process was extremely professional. I felt they got to the bottom of what we do and asked some very good and searching questions. This is very important if Ashden is to remain an award that demonstrates real integrity.”

As well as the financial award, Ashden also provides UK winners with a wide-ranging package of support, tailor-made to their needs including business support, introductions to policymakers, potential funders and investors, and sharing of expertise through an elite alumni network.