One of the scientific world's most respected environmental prizes

QUEST FOR URBAN
SUSTAINABILITY REWARDED

Xuemei Bai is the laureate for 2018.

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”Sustainability will be won
or lost in cities”

In future we will need drastically different ways of building and governing cities, says Xuemei Bai, the 2018 Volvo Environment Prize laureate.

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THE URBANIZED PLANET

We need to manage cities as a human-dominant complex ecosystem, says Xuemei Bai.

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ONE OF THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD'S MOST RESPECTED ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZES

Rewarding outstanding scientific
discoveries or innovations.

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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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QUEST FOR URBAN
SUSTAINABILITY REWARDED

Xuemei Bai is the laureate for 2018.

Read more

”Sustainability will be won
or lost in cities”

In future we will need drastically different ways of building and governing cities, says Xuemei Bai, the 2018 Volvo Environment Prize laureate.

Read more

THE URBANIZED PLANET

We need to manage cities as a human-dominant complex ecosystem, says Xuemei Bai.

Read more

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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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 145,000 or USD 167,000). The award ceremony is in Stockholm in November each year.