The Ashden Awards were established by Sarah Butler-Sloss in 2001. Sarah is a philanthropist who had been supporting a range of environmental initiatives since the 1990’s through the Ashden Trust.
Having seen for herself the impact of clean energy technologies on off-grid communities in Africa, and frustrated by the lack of attention being given to their potential to transform lives, she seized the opportunity to make the first Ashden Awards to four African clean energy pioneers at the 2001 Whitley Awards ceremony.
By 2003 the Ashden Awards were established as a stand-alone ceremony and the UK awards had been added. Since then 192 winners from across the world have lifted a coveted Ashden trophy.
After a few years of making awards we realised the enormous potential to do more with our winners so we established our support programme and re-branded to Ashden. Initially the support programme focused on supporting the winners immediately after their win but over the years more programmes have been added and have become a thriving part of the organisation including LESS CO2 and the Fit for the Future Network.