Two New 2021 Ashden Awards for Green Skills & Regenerative Agriculture Open for Applications

Entries for the 2021 Ashden Awards have opened. The prestigious annual awards, now in their 20th year, highlight outstanding climate innovations, boosting bright ideas that can be scaled up or replicated around the world. Businesses, charities and public sector bodies can earn global recognition by entering the Ashden Awards.

February 12, 2021. By News Bureau

Entries for the 2021 Ashden Awards have opened. The prestigious annual awards, now in their 20th year, highlight outstanding climate innovations, boosting bright ideas that can be scaled up or replicated around the world.

Businesses, charities and public sector bodies can earn global recognition by entering the Ashden Awards. Asian low carbon innovators have been amongst many of the previous years' winners.

The two new awards with a deadline for applications of 17 March 2021 are:

Ashden Award for energy access skills

- Ashden Award for regenerative agriculture

CEO Harriet Lamb said of the Award for skills in energy access, “while too many young people face unemployment or underemployment, new opportunities are opening for jobs in building the low carbon economy of the future. We know that renewable energy generates more jobs than fossil fuels. But we don’t have people being trained up with those skills to power the future economy. That’s why this Ashden Award is looking for exciting initiatives training people in green skills.”

Referring to the new Award for regenerative agriculture, she said: “Small scale farmers are the heart of the low carbon revolution. They grow our food and they often practice traditional techniques that help store carbon and protect the soil – in fact the techniques of the future. We are looking for those examples that can inspire others to follow their footsteps.”

Regenerative agriculture is sustainable farming that nourishes soil, boosts biodiversity and improves water management – it could bring enormous benefits to our climate, and to 500 million smallholder farmers around the world.

South East Asian rainforest communities can also apply for the Ashden Award for natural climate solutions. This Award will highlight initiatives in the Amazon, Congo Basin and South East Asian rainforest making forest communities more resilient, through improved livelihoods, inclusive business models or improved governance and land rights. It will also spotlight innovation in grassroots resistance, cultural preservation and support for young leaders.

Awards with the earlier deadline for applications of 3 March 2021 include:

Ashden Award for natural climate solutions (Congo basin, Amazon and South East Asian rainforest specifically)

- Ashden Award for humanitarian energy

- Ashden Award for cooling in informal settlements

- Ashden award for energy access innovation

- Ashden Award for climate innovation (UK only)

- Ashden Award for green skills (UK only)

- Ashden Award for green communities (UK only)

Winners will be announced at the international climate summit COP26 being held in Glasgow, Scotland in November.

As well as a cash grant of up to £20,000, winning organisations receive development support, networking opportunities, and PR support (including a broadcast-quality film about their work).

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