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Shortlist announced for 2016 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 05:05 on Wednesday 16 March 2016

Two organisations specialising in sustainable travel have been shortlisted for the 2016 Ashden International Awards ahead of the awards ceremony on 9 June.

This year, for the first time, the Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel has a global focus, with two sustainable travel initiatives in non-industrialised countries selected for the award. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 9 June and will receive up to £30,000 prize money. 

One of the organisations up for the award is The Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN Namibia) which has helped to establish more than 30 bike shops across Namibia. Run by locally-trained bike mechanics, the shops sell refurbished second-hand bikes, not only creating affordable and sustainable transport options for thousands of people but also generating jobs and income for communities and local outreach programmes.

The Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia. Photo: Eurostar Ashden AwardsThe Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia. Photo: Eurostar Ashden AwardsThe second organisation in the running is Bridges to Prosperity. This global initiative has built 180 bridges in the developing world over the past 14 years in remote rural areas where the scarcity of river crossings forces people to walk much further than they need to. To date, their work has helped more than 800,000 get easier access to healthcare, education and employment.

Bridges to Prosperity. Photo: Eurostar Ashden AwardsBridges to Prosperity. Photo: Eurostar Ashden AwardsLuke Ervine, Environment and Energy General Manager of Eurostar, said: “We have been very impressed by the high calibre of entries this year and are delighted with the two shortlisted projects."

He added: Each show that the simplest of ideas can not only provide sustainable transport solutions that are good for the environment, but can also improve access and create jobs."

Ashden’s Founder Director, Sarah Butler-Sloss, said: “This year's shortlist is one of our most exciting ever and the enterprises and programmes that have made it this far are amazing leaders at the very forefront of a low carbon future.”

For more information about the Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel, see ashden.org/awards/2016


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