Six sustainable energy pioneers from across Asia, Africa and Latin America have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2010. The selected finalists will compete for over £140,000 prize money. The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Sir David Attenborough in London on 1st July 2010. Worldwide about 2.5 billion people have no access to modern fuels and cook on wood or charcoal. And almost a quarter of the world’s population – 1.6 billion people live without access to electricity.
The Ashden Awards finalists highlight how the innovative use of sustainable energy such as solar, and micro-hydro for electricity and biogas for cooking, delivers huge benefits to communities across the developing world. They show how it is possible to transform lives and significantly reduce carbon emissions through the use of simple, yet innovative designs, clever marketing strategies and a clear focus, said a press statement from Ashden.
In the last ten years Ashden Award winners have improved the lives of 23 million people worldwide and together are saving three million tonnes of CO2 a year – this years’ international finalists alone have saved over 250,000 tonnes of CO2 in the last twelve months.
According to Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of the Ashden Awards, “The finalists highlight the importance of local sustainable energy initiatives both in reducing carbon emissions and in directly tackling poverty and lack of access to vital resources. These inspirational projects show that with the right kind of support, local sustainable energy schemes can play a significant role in meeting poverty reduction targets and tackling climate change”
This years six finalists are
- India/ Global: D.light Design for designing, manufacturing and marketing high quality, durable and affordable solar lanterns.
- Brazil: CRELUZ for generating electricity for remote rural communities using micro-hydro power.
- Nicaragua: TECNOSOL for promoting the use of solar energy for lighting and medical facilities.
- Kenya: Sky Link Innovators for popularizing the use of biogas for cooking.
- Sub-Saharan Africa: The Rural Energy Foundation for stimulating a sustainable supply of and demand for solar energy solutions.
- Vietnam: Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development and SNV for enabling large-scale distribution of biogas technology.
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