One of the scientific world's most respected environmental prizes

Première for the video
“Steward of the Earth”

The 2019 laureate Terry Chapin on
the concept of Earth Stewardship

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“CLIMATE CHANGE HAPPENS
TWICE AS FAST IN ALASKA”

Terry chapin on the impact of climate change on
permafrost and the carbon-rich tundra.

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WHAT IS EARTH
STEWARDSHIP?

The concept of Earth Stewardship was developed by prize-winner Terry Chapin and has begun to spread beyond academic circles.

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PRIZE CEREMONY 2019

The 30th anniversary of the award
was celebrated with a gala dinner and
greetings from all over the world.

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EXPLORING THE ROAD
TO SUSTAINABILITY

30 years of rewarding science that makes a difference.

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”WE BELIEVE IN SCIENCE”

Volvo Group and the prize jury on
the history and future of the award.

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ONE OF THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD'S MOST RESPECTED ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZES

Rewarding outstanding scientific
discoveries or innovations.

SEE INTRODUCTION

MEET THE SCIENTISTS

THE VOLVO ENVIRONMENT PRIZE LAUREATES ARE EXPLORING THE WAY TO A SUSTAINABLE WORLD. MEET THEM IN THE VIDEOS.

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What are they up to now?

Previous laureates of the Volvo Environment Prize have been in the scientific news recently.

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Première for the video
“Steward of the Earth”

The 2019 laureate Terry Chapin on
the concept of Earth Stewardship

Play

“CLIMATE CHANGE HAPPENS
TWICE AS FAST IN ALASKA”

Terry chapin on the impact of climate change on
permafrost and the carbon-rich tundra.

Play

WHAT IS EARTH
STEWARDSHIP?

The concept of Earth Stewardship was developed by prize-winner Terry Chapin and has begun to spread beyond academic circles.

Read more

PRIZE CEREMONY 2019

The 30th anniversary of the award
was celebrated with a gala dinner and
greetings from all over the world.

Read more

EXPLORING THE ROAD
TO SUSTAINABILITY

30 years of rewarding science that makes a difference.

Read more

”WE BELIEVE IN SCIENCE”

Volvo Group and the prize jury on
the history and future of the award.

Play

ONE OF THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD'S MOST RESPECTED ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZES

Rewarding outstanding scientific
discoveries or innovations.

Read more

MEET THE SCIENTISTS

THE VOLVO ENVIRONMENT PRIZE LAUREATES ARE EXPLORING THE WAY TO A SUSTAINABLE WORLD. MEET THEM IN THE VIDEOS.

Read more

What are they up to now?

Previous laureates of the Volvo Environment Prize have been in the scientific news recently.

Read more
The laureates - Year by year

Laureates 1990

John V. Krutilla, Allen V. Kneese

"Environmental and resource economics."
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Laureate 1991

Paul Crutzen

"Major research projects in atmospheric chemistry."
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Laureates 1992

Norman Myers, Peter H. Raven

"Biodiversity, particularly in tropical regions."
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Laureates 1993

Paul R. Ehrlich, John P. Holdren

"Understanding of population and resources."
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Laureate 1994

Gita Sen

"Poverty and environment‚ the role of women."
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Laureate 1995

Gilbert F. White

"Natural resource planning."
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Laureate 1996

James E. Lovelock

"New sensitive measurement techniques."
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Laureates 1997

Syukuru Manabe, Veerabhadran Ramanathan

"Climate modelling and climate change."
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Laureates 1998

Malin Falkenmark, David Schindler

"Availability and quality of freshwater."
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Laureate 1999

Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan

"Agriculture and resource conservation to eradicate poverty."
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Laureates 2000

José Goldemberg, Amulya K N Reddy, Robert H.Williams, Thomas B Johansson

"Environmentally sound solutions to global energy needs."
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Laureate 2001

George M.Woodwell

"Ecosystem research and public policy development."
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Laureates 2002

Partha Dasgupta, Karl-Göran Mäler

"Property rights, poverty, and economic development."
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Laureates 2003

Madhav Gadgil , Mohammad Yunus

"True and worthy scientists of the poor."
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Laureates 2004

David Satterthwaite, Jaime Lerner, Luisa Molina, Mario Molina

"Outstanding work on three linked urbanization themes."
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Laureates 2005

Kalin Arroyo, Aila Keto

"Understanding of the importance of conservation."
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Laureates 2006

Raymond Hilborn, Daniel Pauly, Carl Walters

"Human impacts on global ocean environments"
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Laureate 2007

Amory B. Lovins

"For his outstanding achievements in the field of energy efficiency."
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Laureate 2008

Crawford "Buzz" Holling

“For his pioneering lifetime work on ecosystem dynamics, transformation and resilience”
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Laureate 2009

Susan Solomon

“She played a key role in producing the report that has helped the world understand the severity of global warming”
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Laureate 2010

Harold A Mooney

"He has championed the idea that biodiversity is a key piece in ecosystem functioning”
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Laureate 2011

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

“For leadership at the global level in the intellectual and conceptual development of Earth System science”
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Laureate 2012

Gretchen Daily

“For valuation of natural capital and ecosystem services”
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Laureate 2013

Qin Dahe

”For research on the cryosphere and impact on the global climate”
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Laureate 2014

Eric Lambin

“For advancing the global understanding of land use change and what it means for human wellbeing"
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Laureate 2015

Henning Rodhe

“For groundbreaking contributions to the understanding of the world’s atmosphere”
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Laureate 2016

Carlos Nobre

“For pioneering efforts in understanding the Amazon, one of Earth’s most important ecosystems.“
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Laureate 2017

Rashid Sumaila

”One of the worlds’ most innovative researchers into the future of the oceans and marine life”
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Laureate 2018

Xuemei Bai

“A global thought leader in urban sustainability research”
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Laureate 2019

Terry Chapin

”World-leading ecologist and profound thinker on stewardship of the Earth”
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About the prize

The Volvo Environment Prize ...

... is awarded for: "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries, which in broad terms fall within the environmental field."

Since its inception in 1990 the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental awards.

The Prize is awarded by an independent foundation, instituted in 1988. A Scientific Committee does the initial screening and evaluation of candidates. The International Prize Jury, a group of internationally renowned scientists, makes the final selection of laureate or laureates.

Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded annually. The Prize consists of a hand-crafted diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award for SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 140,000 or USD 150,000). The award ceremony is in Stockholm in November each year.