Twenty organisations with outstanding contributions in two distinct categories – livable cities and sustainable energy for inclusive development have reached the coveted shortlist for this year’s 2019 Ashden Awards.
Among the finalists are four organisations working in countries in Africa, including Sistema.bio in Kenya, KopaGas based in Tanzania, We Care Solar who are working all over Africa, and Baobab+ in Senegal, Mali, Madagascar and Cote d’Ivoire.
The highly prestigious awards, now in their 19th year, are a globally recognised mark of excellence in the sustainable energy sector.
The judges this year assessed entries in two themed categories.
The first, livable 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 theme recognises the vital role that sustainable energy plays in inclusive development, including the Ashden Award for Clean Cooking, in association with the Clean Cooking Alliance, the Award for Sustainable Energy and Healthcare, and Award for Cooling for People, in association with K-CEP and Sustainable Energy for All.
“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 trans formative impact they are making in the field of sustainable energy,” Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden’s Founder Director said.
Among the shortlisted organisations for the 2019 International Ashden Awards are:
4. SMV Green
Rickshaw drivers in India work long hours for poor pay and low job security in cities where air pollution is many times higher than WHO guidelines.
SMV Green are creating fair working conditions, with electric rickshaws and reliable contracts – empowering drivers to buy their vehicles and earn more money, at the same time as reducing the air pollution that kills thousands every year.
Their radical Vanning programmer is training India’s first women rickshaw drivers, creating secure incomes for them and improving safety and security for their female passengers.
Bogota has big ambitions to become the world cycling capital, and it’s easy to see that they are on track to achieve that.
In recent years they have installed hundreds of miles of cycle lanes, closed the city to cars every Sunday on ciclovia, and seen a real impact on the air quality.
The city is integrating cycling culture into education, workplaces, and healthcare with impressive inter-departmental communication from the town hall. A real cycling revolution is happening in a South American city that was built for the car.
2. Resham Sutra
In India wild silk has long prized as a premium product, with skilled women reeling silk from cocoons to be woven into beautiful fabrics.
But behind the luxury there has been suffering – the traditional process of producing thread, thigh-reeling is a physically demanding and undignified process with women working long hours to produce enough silk to make a living.
Resham Sutra has developed a range of affordable electric reeling machines that vastly improve working conditions and create a predictable, dramatically increased income for silk workers.
1. Promethean Power
Every day India’s farmers produce 400 million litres of milk and often spend hours travelling to markets to sell it with no guarantee of buyers.
As it is refrigerated the milk is at risk of spoiling and quality is compromised. Promethean has developed a rapid chiller powered by a thermal battery that can be installed in village-based cooperatives increasing incomes for dairy farmers and ensuring a high-quality product for dairies chiller powered by a thermal battery that can be installed in village-based cooperatives increasing incomes for dairy farmers and ensuring a high-quality product for dairies
The shortlisted organisations are now undergoing a rigorous judging process involving a panel of industry experts and technical assessments. The overall winners will be presented with their Awards at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Wednesday, July 3.
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