The Nordic Region stands out as a major global consumer of goods and services with high material intensity. The theme for the prize this year is sustainable consumption and production – the UN Sustainable Development Goal number 12.
The aim is to honour the smartest and most effective Nordic initiatives showing the way toward a more sustainable future.
“Sustainable consumption and production affect many parts of our society. It has, therefore, been fantastic to see the breadth of the nominations submitted. With so many positive initiatives and voices it is clear that the Nordic Region can change patterns of consumption,” says Ethel Forsberg, chair of the adjudication committee.
The nominees were announced by Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, the Icelandic Minister for Nordic Co-operation, at the LÝSA festival of democracy in Akureyri.
“Debates about the climate tend to be negative. The projects nominated this year all point to a positive way forward. They are uniquely inventive and resourceful and provide incentives for us all to create something new and different, to try different paths,” the minister says.
Nominees for the Nordic Council Environment Prize 2019
*Greta Thunberg has been nominated by both Sweden and Norway