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Rwandan sustainable mobility providers get global recognition

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) and Ampersand have been listed among Africa’s most promising climate and clean energy innovators lined up for the 2020 Ashden Awards.

The Ashden Awards identifies the most exciting climate action solutions being implemented around the world.

This year, a total of 44 nominees have been announced, comprising of cities and organisations that are tackling the climate crisis with practical actions.

Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb said: “We have highlighted 44 hugely promising organisations and projects, all ready to scale up or share – and many more excellent entrants narrowly failed to make the final longlist underlining the strength of current innovation. 

“Despite the achievements of these pioneers, the climate crisis is deepening, with global emissions rising 0.6% from 2018 to 2019. Climate innovators are doing all they can, but they urgently need funding and political backing. The world is watching – investors and politicians must deliver.”

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RURA has been nominated for “bringing cleaner buses to the streets of Kigali”, while Ampersand is being recognised for introducing “electric motorcycles designed and manufactured in Africa”.

While RURA is the national utility regulator, Ampersand is a private firm, whose mission, it says, is “building affordable electric vehicles and charging systems for the three million motorcycle taxi drivers in East Africa, starting with Rwanda.”

Besides Rwandan sustainable mobility providers, eight other 10 African organisations made the list which also features 34 other innovators from around the world.

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Other African organisations on the 2020 Ashden Awards list

  • Cross boundary Energy Access, Tanzania – Unlocking financing for electricity mini-grids.
  • Togolese Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Agency – A national plan to improve energy access across Togo.
  • Enventure, Uganda – Helping rural co-operatives and community-based organisations start clean energy ventures.
  • Mucho Mangoes, Kenya – A broad package of support for farmers in Kenya, including access to solar-powered drying technology.
  • Gaia Clean Energy, Ethiopia – Safer cooking fuels distributed by cooperatives run by refugees and host community members.
  • Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch – Protecting the environment by boosting sustainable income-generation in the Kilum-ljim forest.
  • Qhubeka, South Africa – Building bicycles, training mechanics and promoting safe cycling.
  • EConsult, Egypt – Architects creating cooling, sustainable buildings for farmworkers.

The top 11 finalists will be announced in June and subsequently celebrated at the Ashden Awards Ceremony in London this July.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.