Record number of suggestions for nominees for the 2021 Nordic Council Environment Prize

04.06.21 | News
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Johan Nilsson
The Nordic Council has received a record number of suggestions for nominees for this year’s environment prize. Anyone can put forward a project that they think is worthy of winning the environment prize. More than a hundred different initiatives, projects, and people from across the Nordic Region have been put forward. It’s now up to the adjudication committee to select the final nominees.

This is the only Nordic Council prize to accept suggestions from the public. This year, a record number of 138 suggestions have been put forward, for a total of 109 different initiatives from across the Nordic Region.

The suggestions cover a wide range of projects, organisations, and individuals who are going to great lengths to promote sustainable food systems, which is the theme of this year’s Nordic Council Environment Prize.

The chair of the adjudication committee Lars Hindkjær had this to say:

“Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of suggestions put forward. Once again, we’ve broken our previous record, which suggests that the environment in general and this year’s theme ‘sustainable food systems’, are both very important to people in the Nordic Region. We all have to eat to live, and food production often dominates the landscape, which is why it’s important to ensure that food systems are sustainable, from field to fork.”

Efforts relating to sustainable food systems support several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including responsible consumption and production (12), climate action (13), life below water (14), and life on land (15).

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The many suggestions received give a unique insight into the diversity of projects and initiatives in the Nordic Region’s food sector that are helping to develop more sustainable food systems.

We’re so pleased to get so many suggestions from people across the Nordic Region in their efforts to pass on their knowledge in connection with the environment prize. Regardless of who goes on to be nominated and win the prize, I think those who have made it onto the list of suggested projects should be immensely proud of themselves.

Lars Hindkjær, chair of the adjudication committee

The final nominees from the 109 suggestions will be announced on 3 September 2021. The winner of the 2021 Nordic Council Environment Prize will be announced during the Session of the Nordic Council in Copenhagen in November.

About the Nordic Council Environment Prize

The Nordic Council Environment Prize will be awarded for the 27th time in 2021 and will celebrate exemplary Nordic initiatives to make food systems sustainable. Anyone can suggest nominees for the DKK 300,000 prize.

The point of the prize, which was first awarded in 1995, is to raise awareness of work on the environment in the Nordic Region. Anyone can suggest nominees. 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.