Deadline: January 10, 2023

An independent foundation awards the Volvo Environment Prize for outstanding scientific discoveries or innovations broadly within the environmental sphere.

Laureates represent a wide span of knowledge and areas of importance. Previous laureates include economists, biologists, urban development experts, resource and hazard specialists, poverty adversaries, and others exploring the paths to a sustainable world. More than 40 scientists have received the award since 1990. Two of the laureates subsequently won Nobel Prizes.



  • There are many outstanding biologists and environmental scientists among the laureates but the scope of the award is wide.
  • The idea is to promote scientific research and innovations that in broad terms fall within the environmental and sustainability field. So previous laureates also include economists, urban development experts, energy specialists, poverty adversaries and many others who are exploring the path to sustainability.


  • Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.
  • The Prize is awarded by an independent foundation. A Scientific Committee does the initial screening and evaluation of candidates. Internationally renowned scientists in the Prize Jury make the final selection of prize laureate.
  • The Prize is awarded annually and consists of a hand-crafted diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award of SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 150,000 or USD 160,000). The award ceremony is held in Stockholm in Novembereach year.

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