New Energy Nexus Uganda and its program, ENVenture are longlisted for a prestigious Ashden Award for Energy Access Innovation. Ashden, a UK charity, has been supporting transformative climate solutions for 20 years. More than 800 organizations applied for the 2021 Ashden Awards, and our program is one of just 38 to have made it to the longlisting stage.
Award winners will be announced this Autumn – after a rigorous assessment and judging process involving on-the-ground visits and input from sector experts.
New Energy Nexus Uganda/ENVenture mitigates energy poverty by creating sustainable clean energy enterprises in off grid lastmile of Uganda. Since 2016, we have run an incubation and acceleration program for Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to launch and run energy enterprises selling household clean energy technologies like improved cookstoves, solar, non-electric water filters and briquettes. Our model of inclusivity goes further to include CBOs with focus on women, youth, refugees, and people with disabilities. Currently we are working with over 120 CBOs and Village Savings and Loans Associations across the country.
Ashden’s CEO Harriet Lamb said:
“In the year that governments, climate innovators and activists gather at the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow, these inspiring climate champions demonstrate the many solutions that can be replicated at scale and speed."
Through its awards and ongoing networking and support, Ashden spotlights and supports climate and energy innovators around the world – including businesses, non-profits and public sector organizations delivering proven, ready-to-scale climate solutions.
New Energy Nexus Uganda's Director of Strategic Partnerships Penny Mbabazi Atuhaire said:
"This recognition is monumental for our work in general especially the Community Based Organizations who are our staple agents of change in the energy transition from firewood to modern energy saving technologies. "
About Ashden: Ashden’s mission is to accelerate transformative climate solutions and build a more just world. Through awards and programmes, Ashden promotes and supports climate and energy innovators – including businesses, non-profits and public sector organisations. Find out more at https://www.ashden.org/.
About the Ashden Awards: Nine Ashden awards highlighting proven solutions to the climate crisis and energy access challenges will be announced in November 2021. Winners receive a cash prize, development support, and the chance to connect with investors and leading figures in the energy and climate sectors. Since 2001, Ashden has awarded more than 236 ground-breaking organizations.