Ashden Awards 2014 shortlist is out….

Shortlists have been announced for the 2014 Ashden Awards, which uncover and champion the most exciting low-carbon enterprises and programmes in the UK and developing world. A total of 61 green energy organisations and programmes from 17 countries have been shortlisted across 4 categories of Awards, which are now in their 14th year.

UK Ashden Awards shortlist

Abundance NRG, Alquist, Acuflow Distribution (UK), Change Agents UK, Chop-Cloc, Decarbon, Demand Logic, The DoNation, TreeStation, Global Action Plan, Lime Technology, OVESCO, Pilio, Pure Leapfrog, T4 Sustainability, Ventive and Your Homes Newcastle.

International Ashden Award shortlist

African Clean Energy, All Power Labs, CV Kreasi Daya Mandiri, The Design Group, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau, Enzen Global Solutions, Greenway Grameen Infra, Green Heat, Greenlight Planet, Infosys Ltd, Kéré Architecture, Mera Gao Micro Grid Power, Off.Grid:Electric Tanzania, Promethean Power Systems, Service Humanitaire de Développement, Proximity Designs, Rajasthan Horticulture Development Society, Signet EnerTech, Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprise, SimGas, Société Générale Haitienne de Transferts, Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise, Total Access to Solar (TATS), UPM Umwelt-Projekt-Management GmbH, and Visionary Empowerment Programme.

Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel shortlist

Bespoke Logistics Solutions, Cambio, Co-wheels Car Club, Ecotricity, iDBUS, Living Streets, Pignon sur Rue, Taxistop, Tisséo, Mountain Wilderness, Provincie Limburg and Stad Mechelen.

Ashden School Awards shortlist

Ashton Vale Primary School, The Churchill School, Edwalton Primary School, St Faiths, Sir George Monoux College, Queen Elizabeth II High School and Woodhouse College.

Finalists for each Award category will be announced in early April, with Awards to be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 22 May. The ceremony will be hosted for the second year running by broadcaster and cultural commentator Emma Freud.

Ashden Award winners will receive a cash prize of between £5,000 and £40,000, a platform to promote their work and tailored support to grow even further.


Waste to Energy

Green Heat (U) Ltd offers innovative and cost effective one stop waste management solutions. Our value revolves around; ‘waste management at the source of generation.’  We use simple technologies and methodologies to generate biogas.

The decision to implement a biogas digester for a particular institution or household will be arrived at after comprehensive evaluation of the energy demand, availability of organic waste, cost of cooking fuel, human factors for manageability.

Benefits of Biogas:

Money Saving: No new latrines will need to be constructed in 5 years time.
Time Saving: Due to the instant and controllable heat produces by the gas flame.
Improved Health: Reducing the risk of respiratory and eye problems through exposure to wood smoke.
Sanitation: Improved sewerage and manure management, reducing the risk of ground water contamination.
Soil Fertility: Applying effluent from the digester onto the soil will enrich the soil and increase crop production.
Education: Biogas can be used as a powerful environmental education tool involving whole communities. Incorporating issues such as; waste management, renewable fuels, forest protection, climate change, organic farming.

Green Heat is implementing a Biogas digester at Soft Power Education Center (SPE).  The digester will be connected to newly constructed pit latrines, used by on average 60 children and 90 adults per day. Human manure will flow into the digester automatically and will not need to be handled. The gas will be tapped from the neck of the digester and piped underground to the kitchen, which is 50 metres from the digester site. Biogas is safe to use for cooking. It is not harmful, does not adversely flavour the food and burns at a high temperature. At the Education and Health Centre, the biogas will be used to cook lunch for both the pupils and Soft Power staff.

Amagezi Education Centre
Health Centre at SPE

What is SPE? Soft Power Education (SPE) is a British registered charity and Ugandan NGO working with communities in Uganda to improve quality of life through education.

Why is SPE needed? SPE focuses its work within rural areas in Uganda. The majority of the rural population across the country solely dependent upon farming for food and income. The work of SPE to-date has been primarily focused on primary school education. In addition to this, SPE now endeavours to tackle many more of the factors that contribute to poverty within rural communities; tackling health issues by improving sanitation at schools and facilities for washing hands, encouraging children to take their learnings home; training children in agricultural methods and diversity at our Education Centre, again to support and share learnings at home; Community Development Programmes for adults providing health awareness, as well as agriculture skills aimed at tackling environmental overuse with sustainable land usage and crop production.

Support to Soft Power Education: If you would like to make a donation then you can find all the information you need on On the other hand, you would like to go just one step further and set up a monthly standing order you will automatically become a Soft Power Friend – receiving a t-shirt, a project update and some photos.

Soft Powe Education

Finally, the more people are self sufficient in cooking fuel, the more personal and financial freedom they have.