Volvo Environment Prize

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Volvo Environment Prize is [1] an annual international award originating in Sweden. The prize is awarded to individuals who explore the way to a sustainable world. The prize is awarded by the independent foundation The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation instituted 1989. A recipient of the Volvo Environment Prize receives an original diploma by Swedish artist Göran Dahlbom, a glass sculpture and a cash award for SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 140 000 or USD 190 000).


The responsibility for selecting the laureate or laureates of the annual Volvo Environment Prize for recommendation to the Board of the Foundation lies with an international Prize Jury. The Jury consists of Professor Will Steffen, chair, (Australia National University), Professor Mary Scholes ( University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Professor Peijun Shi (Beijing Normal University, China), Professor Kazuhiko Takeuchi (The University of Tokyo, Japan) and Dr. Sybille van den Hove ( Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain).

The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg, Sweden has appointed a Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee makes the initial screening and evaluation of candidates which are presented to the Prize Jury.


Since the first award in 1990, the prize has gone to 38 individuals.[2] Among them are many well-known names and three Nobel Prize winners. The laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.


The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation invites universities, research institutes, scientists and engineers as well as other individual and organizations to submit nominations for the Volvo Environment Prize. The web site has an on-line registration form. To be considered, nominations must be submitted before January 10, 2013.


  1. ^ [1] The Volvo Environment Prize
  2. ^ [2] Exploring the way to a sustainable future
  3. ^ "Valuation of natural capital awarded 2012 Volvo Environment Prize". Volvo Group. Retrieved 2013-10-25.

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