The Nordic Council Environment Prize

The Nordic House is the administrative office for the Nordic Council Environment Prize.

The Nordic House in Reykjavík has administered the Nordic Council Environment Prize since January 2016. The work is carried out in close collaboration with the Nordic Adjudication Committee as well as the Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordic Council.

For further information please contact, Kristín Ingvarsdóttir,

Submit your nomination for the Nordic Council Environment Prize 2018

 The theme for the Nordic Council Environment Prize 2018 is initiatives that protect marine life. Anybody can submit nominations. The winner will be announced in Oslo on 30 October 2018 during the Session of the Nordic Council.

Criteria for nomination

The prize is awarded to a Nordic company, organisation, or individual which has integrated consideration for the environment into its business or work in an exemplary manner, or which has made an extraordinarily positive contribution to the environment in some other way. The winner must have a Nordic perspective and operate in the Nordic Region as well as/or with parties outside the Region.

Theme and nominations

The Adjudication Committee has chosen the theme in order to promote initiatives that support the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, specifically, SDG 14 on “life below water”.

“The sea is particularly significant to the Nordic Region. It connects all the Nordic countries, many of our most important resources come from it and we have a large shipping industry, so it is in our interests to protect the seas. It is also our responsibility,” says Cilia Holmes Indahl, Director Sustainability, Aker BioMarine, and chair of the Adjudication Committee.

“The Nordic Region is a pioneer in sustainable solutions, so we look forward to receiving nominations for Nordic initiatives that help protect marine life – regionally and globally,” Holmes Indahl adds.

Do you know a Nordic company, organisation or individual, who is involved in protecting marine life? If so, nominate your candidate here – max one A4 page. The deadline for nominations is Monday 14 May 2018.

The winner of the Nordic Council Environment Prize 2017

RePack fra Finland har fået Nordisk Råds miljøpris 2017.

Director Jonne Hellgren accepted the prize at the award ceremony in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, on 1 November.

The Adjudication Committee wrote:

“E-commerce is growing rapidly in the Nordic Region and the rest of the world. Volume is expected to double in the next few years. It is a trend with multiple implications for the environment, not least due to the massive use of disposable packaging. While the Adjudication Committee remains critical of the general tendency toward higher levels of consumption, it notes with satisfaction that the Finnish company RePack has managed to solve part of the problem by developing a practical and reusable packaging and return system for e-commerce.

The Environment Prize 2017 goes to RePack because its product turns the environment into a business opportunity, using accessible and innovative techniques to draw attention to opportunities for recycling and highlight the unnecessary use of resources and generation of waste. The company also works with consumers to reduce the volume of waste. The Repack carrier bag is made of recycled plastic bags and can be reused up to 20 times. 75% of its bags are returned to the company. RePack is a market-driven environmental initiative with the potential to be rolled out in many other countries and sectors.”

Read more about RePack on the Nordic Council web page for the Environment Prize.

Read more about the Nordic Council prizes.

About the Environment Prize

The idea behind the prize is to raise awareness of environmental work in the Nordic Region. it has been awarded since 1995, along with the Nordic Council’s other prizes. The prize goes to a company, organisation or individual for exemplary efforts to integrate respect for the environment into their business or work or for some other form of extraordinary initiative on behalf of the environment.

Three-step process

Choosing the winner of the Environment Prize is a three-step process:

  • Open nominations
  • National committees submit nominations (one or two)
  • Adjudication Committee meets and picks the winner

The Adjudication Committee

The Nordic Adjudication Committee consists of 13 members: Two from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and one from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.

The Prize and Award Ceremony

The Environment Prize is worth DKK 350,000 (approx. €47,000) – the same amount as the other prizes – and is run and managed by the Nordic House in Reykjavik. The prize is usually awarded alongside the other Nordic prizes for literature, music and film at a special ceremony during the annual Session of the Nordic Council in autumn.

Previous winners

The most recent winners are:

  • 2016 Too Good To Go (DK) – digital innovation that supports sustainable lifestyles
  • 2015 The energy company SEV (FA) – green electrification
  • 2014 The City of Reykjavik (IS) – wide-ranging and determined commitment to the environment
  • 2013 Selina Juul (DK) – combating food waste

See more about previous winners and nominees

More information about the prize

The Nordic Council Environment Prize

News and press releases

For more information contact

Kristín Ingvarsdóttir
Tel: +354 551 7032