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Energy awards calls for renewables entries

Ashden Awards issues call for entries from UK businesses focusing on renewable energy and efficiency.

The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy are seeking entries from businesses working in the built environment that encourage the use of sustainable energy and/or changing the way people use energy.

In particular, they are looking for business applicants that have made local renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services more accessible.

The initiative is designed to reward ground-breaking sustainable energy initiatives.

The solution may be simple – but if it’s inspiring, practical and innovative too, they want to hear about it.

In addition to individual prizes of up to £10,000, with an overall UK Gold Award of £20,000, it offers winners a package of benefits and support including a broadcast-quality short film about their winning work, tailored business support, introductions to influential policy makers and, in certain cases, funders. The awards will be presented at a VIP ceremony in London in May 2012.

Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud, who presented the awards in 2011, commented: “The Ashden Awards are vital because they bring to light such unusual, brilliant and undersung projects that deserve to be better recognised. The winners are all marked by ingenuity and originality.” 

Previous winners have included manufacturers, suppliers, installers and businesses working in the built environment including architects and plumbing engineers.

In 2010, for example, our business award winner was Willis Renewable Energy Systems in Belfast, for its work using a unique plumbing gadget - the Solasyphon – which speeds up and simplifies the retro-fitting of solar water heating in homes, saving the cost and carbon impact of buying a new water tank.

It is interested in not-for-profit initiatives, schools, behaviour changing projects and international schemes. Read more about the 2011 UK Award winners here: http://www.ashdenawards.org/uk_2011.