Energy heroes: Ashden Awards winners help deliver UK's low-carbon future

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Radian, in Hampshire, won a 2011 Ashden Award for its achievement in retrofitting hard-to-treat homes to save energy
From education and training to hands-on application of energy efficiency and renewable technologies, this year's Ashden Award winners, announced this week, are weaning the UK off its addiction to fossil fuels

UK Gold Award Winner

Radian social housing in Eastleigh, Hamshire

Radian won its award for achievement in retrofitting hard-to-treat homes to save energy and building new homes to high environmental standards. Because of Radian, nearly 44,000 residents are enjoying the benefits of lower fuel bills and cosier homes. 

Hands-on energy training

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Powys, Wales

This world-leading centre for practical learning on sustainable energy is training thousands of people every year in renewable energy technologies, green building and low carbon living to spread the skills and know-how the UK needs to move towards a low carbon economy. Watch a video on the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Biogas experts

Midlands Wood Fuel Ltd, Shrewsbury

From sustainable forestry management to fueling homes with biogas, this innovative project wins on many fronts.  By expanding the use of wood fuel in the Midlands and beyond, Midlands Wood Fuel Ltd, has created tracking systems to ensure the wood supply is high quality and reliable all the while making wood fuel accessible to homes and businesses. Watch a video on Midlands Wood Fuel Ltd.

Young energy-savers

Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA), Gloucestershire

Inspiring a new generation of eco-conscious energy-savers, the Severn Wye Energy Agency runs an innovative programme in secondary schools called ‘Young Energy People' (YEP!) that is building young people's vocational skills through training and practical experience in energy management. Watch a video on the Severn Wye Energy Agency.

Neighbours transition to energy efficiency

Transition Together, Transition Town Totnes, Devon

How to save energy with a little help from your friends. A community scheme led by Transition Town Totnes that encourages groups of neighbours in the town to embark on a low-carbon path together, through actions that save money and carbon. Watch a video on Transition Together, Devon.


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