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Ashden shortlists six “transformative” sustainable energy companies

Six UK-based organisations have been shortlisted for this year’s 2019 Ashden Awards, which recognise excellence in the sustainable energy sector.

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Six UK-based organisations have been shortlisted for this year’s 2019 Ashden Awards, which recognise excellence in the sustainable energy sector.

 

The judges this year assessed entries in two themed categories. The first, Liveable Cities, sought sustainable mobility solutions that reduce congestion and pollution, innovations in the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings and groundbreaking energy ideas focused on retrofit, design and construction.

 

The second category, Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development, includes awards for powering business, energy and healthcare for people.

 

"When organisations get involved in the Ashden Awards, they are seeking entry to a very special network in which every participant is notable for the transformative impact they are making in the field of sustainable energy,” Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden’s Founder Director commented. “2019 is no exception, and as always, we are delighted and excited by the organisations on our shortlist. With so much attention being paid to the ambitious targets that have been set by the Climate Change Commission, the spotlight is on innovation and technology that can make a difference right now and every one of our finalists has been proven to deliver this.”

 

"With so much attention being paid to the ambitious targets that have been set by the Climate Change Commission, the spotlight is on innovation and technology that can make a difference right now."

 

The shortlisted organisations for the 2019 UK Ashden Awards are:

  • NEF and Energiesprong: A solution aimed at improving poorly insulated buildings to make homes in the UK more efficient and comfortable. The retrofitting of insulation can be completed quickly and efficiently, with minimum disruption and will radically cut carbon from the UK’s housing stock.
  • Retrofit Works: A co-operative that helps clients to procure retrofit works from its member organisations. It helps to streamline the process, building trust for households and clients, enabling SMEs to implement large-scale programmes of work and ensuring people benefit from comfortable, warm homes.
  • Highview Power: Provides storage technology which can capture excess solar and wind energy for use in the national grid. Cryo batteries, which are long-lasting and easy to install, store energy using liquid air, made efficient by the clever use of the waste cold and heat created during the process.
  • Waltham Forest: The London borough invested in the ‘Enjoy Waltham Forest’ scheme to redesign roads, provide bike training, deliver extra cycle storage and create workshops in schools so that residents could benefit from a healthier and more pleasant environment in which to live and work.
  • Guru Systems: Software that harvests detailed information from across a heating network – such as in a block of flats – dramatically improving efficiency. The data helps engineers to pinpoint problems and quickly solve them to boost performance. Residents also benefit from access to the data so they can control their energy use.
  • Zedify: Specialises in making green deliveries using trikes, bikes and electric vans. These replace polluting vans and trucks. Its urban delivery service works with e-commerce companies and national logistics firms and its franchises are spreading across the UK.

 

The shortlisted organisations are now undergoing a judging process involving a panel of industry experts and technical assessments.

 

The Ashden Awards are now in their 19th year. The overall winners will be presented with their awards at the annual Ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on July 3.

 

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