March 12, 2012
March 12 2012, Cambridge UK: Eight19 received the Climate Week Award 2012 for “Best Initiative for a Small or Medium-Sized Business” at a prestigious ceremony at Lancaster House, London. The event marked the launch of Climate Week; Britain’s biggest climate change campaign.
Eight19 received the Award for the development of its Indigo pay-as-you-go solar technology which is delivering clean and affordable electricity for remote rural communities in four African countries so far since its launch in September of last year. The most recent region to start to benefit from Indigo solar installations is the world’s newest country, South Sudan.
Eight19’s technology has demonstrably fulfilled the requirements of the award by its contribution to making “workplaces more sustainable, reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint, or using their influence positively to help combat climate change.”
The Award was presented by Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Executive Director, from headline partner of Climate Week, Tesco plc. Climate Week aims to highlight the work of innovators and engineers and its awards are judged by a panel of renowned and respected scientists and academics. The 2012 panel included Paul Gilding, Former CEO, Greenpeace International and Bianca Jagger, Founder and Chair, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation.
Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO said "Eight19 is honoured and thrilled to be the recipient of the Climate Week Award for best initiative by a Small and Medium Sized Business. Indigo aims to provide sustainable solar power to off-grid communities in Africa, eliminating the carbon footprint of kerosene lamps and providing access to high quality light. The Climate Week Award is an important recognition of this work and the progress that we have made since launching in September. We have already received enquiries for installations from around the world and hope that this prestigious award will help us to provide clean and safe energy to many more people currently living off grid.”
Climate Week Awards are now in their second year and aim to “celebrate the UK’s most innovative, effective, and ambitious organisations, communities and individuals and their outstanding efforts to combat climate change.” Some 500,000 people are expected to attend some 3,000 events during the week to raise money, raise awareness and support sustainable living initiatives. Many leaders of sustainable and low-carbon initiatives from across the UK were in attendance at the awards ceremony to share their ideas on practical and positive solutions to climate change.
For more information on the Climate Week Awards visit www.climateweek.com/award
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