London: D light Design, an Indian social
enterprise that brings innovative solar lanterns to many
people across India and other developing countries, has won
the top Gold Award at the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy
The prize, worth 40,000 pounds, was announced yesterday
night by noted environmentalist and broadcaster, Sir David
D light Design was chosen for designing, manufacturing
and marketing high quality, durable and affordable solar
In the words of the judges, the enterprise was chosen for
the Gold Award for "its passion and dedication to the cause of
ridding the developing world of the health and pollution
problems associated with the use of kerosene lighting through
the design, manufacture and promotion of durable and
affordable solar lanterns in India and across the developing
The judges were particularly impressed with their highly
effective marketing strategy which has put solar lighting
within reach of over a million people in 32 countries with
significant potential for further expansion.
Five other international winners were also chosen for
their pioneering work in benefiting communities across the
globe and saving thousands of tonnes of CO2 through the
innovative use of sustainable energy technologies.
Attenborough said: "These award-winners are champions at
delivering practical ways of protecting our planet and its
precious biodiversity through the use of sustainable energy.
They are reducing carbon emissions and protecting local
eco-systems, while improving the lives of the people they
"They deserve to be celebrated for their important role
in tackling both climate change and poverty."
Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of the Ashden Awards
said: "Our 2010 winners are living proof of the significant
contribution that local sustainable energy initiatives can
make to tackling poverty, lack of access to resources and the
threat of climate change.
"We are delighted that we can highlight the work of these
pioneering projects in the hope that decision-makers across
the globe will be inspired by what can be achieved through the
strategic use of simple, yet innovative technologies."
Other international winners were: Creluz (Brazil),
Tecnosol (Nigeria), Sky Link Innovators (Kenya), Rural Energy
Foundation (Sub-Saharan Africa) and the Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development and SNV, Vietnam.
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy were founded in
2001 to encourage the greater use of local sustainable energy
to address climate change and alleviate poverty.
Since then they have rewarded over 140 winners across the
UK and the developing world.
The Ashden Awards work to show-case and celebrate best
practice, encourage the expansion and replication of winners?
work, raise awareness of the potential of local sustainable
energy, and advocate on their winners` behalf.