Sustainable housing wins top prize

Five companies from across the UK received awards at the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy and were presented with £10,000 to be spent on expanding their sustainable energy work. Housing […]

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By Tom Gibson

Five companies from across the UK received awards at the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy and were presented with £10,000 to be spent on expanding their sustainable energy work.

Housing association Radian won the overall UK Gold Award winner and received £20,000, for its achievements in retrofitting hard-to-treat homes to save energy and building new homes to high environmental standards.

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of the Ashden Awards, said: “To transform the UK into a low-carbon nation we need vision, infrastructure, and investment. This year’s winners are all innovators in their fields and they show that this transformation is possible. They are cutting CO2 emissions by retrofitting homes, replacing fossil fuels with green energy, equipping a green workforce for the future and enlightening people about day-to-day energy saving in their homes and communities.”

The winners were: The Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, Wales, Midlands Wood Fuel Ltd, Shrewsbury, Severn Wye Energy Agency, Gloucestershire and Transition Town Totnes, Devon.

The Ashden Awards showcase practical solutions to combat climate change, rewarding outstanding and innovative low-carbon schemes in the UK and developing countries.

HRH The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of the Ashden Awards, said: “The Ashden Awards show what it is possible to do now in saving resources and cutting emissions. They remind us how, as individuals, we can make a huge difference to the world in which we live. In a nutshell, they remind us that acting locally is, in fact, acting globally.”