Volvo Environment Prize

Volvo Environment Prize

Because of our concern for the environment we instituted The Volvo Environment Prize 1988.The prize has become one of the world’s most prestigious environmental scientific prizes. It is awarded annually to people who have made outstanding scientific discoveries within the area of the environment and sustainable development.

Laureate 2015

Henning Rodhe

Henning Rodhe, Professor of Chemical Meteorology at Stockholm University, Sweden, receives the Volvo Environment Prize 2015 for his contributions to the understanding of the world’s atmosphere. His pioneering work explains how gases and particles are transported and deposited and how they affect climate, ecosystems and human health.

"Henning Rodhe has made groundbreaking contributions to the understanding of the world’s atmosphere, its constituents, and why this knowledge matters for our well-being. He built a comprehensive understanding of how particles and gases are formed and transported in the atmosphere. But he hasn’t stopped there. He was one of the first scientists to focus on where atmospheric particles are deposited and how they affect ecosystems and people  – sulfur particles and acid rainfall, aerosol deposition in South and East Asia, long-range transport of mercury, and radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident. He has worked in Europe, Asia and Africa, often becoming the mentor and “gentle voice” of young researchers in the developing world. Henning Rodhe is an outstanding atmospheric scientist with 50 years of engagement in and impact on environmental issues."

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About the prize
The Volvo Environment Prize

The Volvo Environment 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 of SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 165,000 or USD 215,000). The award ceremony is in Stockholm in November.

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