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Ashden announces annual search for climate solutions

The climate solutions charity said it is looking for initiatives that can spark radical progress, adding that coronavirus and COP26 make green innovation more important than ever.

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Winners of the awards benefit from a grant of up to £20,000 to scale up their ideas
Winners of the awards benefit from a grant of up to £20,000 to scale up their ideas

Entries for the 2021 Ashden Awards have opened with categories promoting innovation in natural climate solutions, energy access, and cooling for informal settlements such as refugee camps.

 

The awards seek to highlight ‘trailblazing’ climate solutions in the public, private and charity sectors. This year, three categories target initiatives in the UK, and four are targeting low-income countries internationally.

 

Green innovation

 

As communities aim to endure and recover from the pandemic, backing green innovation is more important than ever, said Ashden. Climate innovations can help deliver a green recovery from coronavirus by creating better health, well-paid jobs and fairer societies as well as lower emissions.

 

“We’re looking for initiatives than can spark radical progress, showing us the way to a low carbon future, and that deliver genuine climate justice,” said Harriet Lamb, CEO, Ashden. “They should empower those most at risk from climate change, such as by refugees or indigenous people. Entries will be examined by our most diverse group of assessors and judges ever.”

“As the countdown to the crucial COP26 climate talks begins, we look forward to uncovering bold, brilliant and brave ideas that will power a green recovery”

She continued: “As the countdown to the crucial COP26 climate talks begins, we look forward to uncovering bold, brilliant and brave ideas that will power a green recovery.”

 

The full list of 2021 award categories are:

  • climate innovation in the UK, supported by Impax 
  • green skills (UK), supported by Garfield Weston
  • greener communities (UK), supported byEsmée Fairbairn Foundation 
  • natural climate solutions 
  • cooling in informal settlements, supported by K-CEP/ ClimateWorks Foundation
  • energy access innovation
  • humanitarian energy, supported by LinburyTrust and the Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund.

“Climate solutions must empower and involve every corner of society, ensuring more people enjoy huge benefits such as better health, decent work and reduced inequality,” added Lamb.

 

“You don’t need to be a climate-focused organisation to apply – tackling the climate crisis is about people coming together to make a difference.”

 

Award nominations are open, and close on 3 March 2021. Winners will be announced in the autumn. As well as a cash grant of up to £20,000, winning organisations will receive development support, networking opportunities, and PR support.

 

For full details, go to 2021 Ashden Awards

 

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