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.

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Greta Thunberg declines Nordic Council Environment Prize

Greta Thunberg has been awarded the 2019 Nordic Council Environment Prize but has chosen not to accept it in protest at a lack of climate action.
The prize was presented by Swedish environmental activist Noura Berrouba to Isabelle Axelsson and Sophia Axelsson of Fridays For Future, representing Greta at the awards ceremony which was broadcast live from the Stockholm Concert Hall. Together they passed on Greta’s message, which included the statement that the environment doesn’t need any more prizes.

The movement
FridaysForFuture is a movement started by Greta in August 2018 when she started a three-week school strike to sit outside the Swedish parliament and protest against the lack of climate action from politicians.

Greta is currently travelling on the American continent and plans to attend UN climate negotiations in Chile in December.

The jury said:
The theme for this year’s prize was “initiatives that promote sustainable consumption and production by doing more with less”. Greta Thunberg was nominated by Sweden and Norway.

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:

  • 2018 Natural Resource Council of Attu, West Greenland
  • 2017 Repack (reusable packaging and return system for e-commerce)
  • 2016 Too Good To Go (DK) – a 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


For more information contact

Fanney Karlsdóttir
Tel: +354 551 7032