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Environmental Award of the Federal Foundation for the Environment

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Logo German Environmental Award

The German Environmental Prize, also known as the Environmental Prize of the Federal Foundation for the Environment, has been awarded annually by the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU) since 1993. At 500,000 euros, it is the highest endowed environmental prize in Europe.

The award recognizes “dedication and achievements that contribute decisively and in an exemplary manner to the protection and preservation of our environment, now and in the future.”[1]

Selection criteria

The following criteria characterize the guiding idea of the award:

  • The award-winning performance should first and foremost serve as a role model for other individuals, companies and organisations.
  • The achievement to be awarded should help to identify environmental problems in good time and to mitigate them with the help of suitable precautionary and implementation strategies.
  • The merits should be so convincing that an imitation effect is achieved. Accordingly, the model character and practical feasibility should be in the foreground.
  • Innovative, networked, holistic approaches to solutions are given special consideration. In this context, cooperation-based services with an interdisciplinary character are given priority.

Laureate

Year Laureate Reason for the award
1993[2] Foron household appliances GmbH Development of the world’s first CFC- and HFC-free refrigerator
Wolfgang Haber Popularization of nature conservation
1994[3] Paul J. Crutzen and Frank Arnold Investigations into the formation of the ozone hole
Association Ökospeicher and community Wulkow sustainable development in rural areas
Environmental initiatives of the economy in East Westphalia Implementation of high environmental standards
1995[4] George Winter environmental corporate management
Klaus Günther environmental corporate management
1996[5] Maciej Nowicki Founder of the Polish Environmental Protection Fund
Wilkhahn Wilkening & Hahne GmbH & Co. A role model in environmental controlling
1997[6] Michael Otto Environmental management system at Otto Versand
Bernhard Ulrich Material and energy flows in forests
Integral Energy Technology GmbH Development of a non-toxic refrigerant
1998[7] Climate Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg global and regional climate models
George Salvamoser Services in photovoltaics
1999[8] Klaus Steilmann Ecology in textiles and clothing
William Barthlott Lotus effect for surfaces
2000[9] Franz Daschner Environmental and material flow management in hospitals
Aloys Wobben Wind turbine construction
2001[10] Hermann Auernhammer Work on Precision Farming
Franz Ehrnsperger, Neumarkter Lammsbräu Development of an ecological business concept for breweries
Wolfgang Feist Development of the passive house concept
2002[11] Peter Lüth Biological plant protection by microorganisms
Klaus Töpfer International commitment to environmental protection
2003[12] Claus Mattheck Research achievements in the field of bionics, including the visual tree assessment method
Hermann Josef Schulte Research and development of environmentally friendly exhaust technologies for vehicle construction
2004[13] Alfred Heinrich Young Development of a new sealing principle for the chemical industry
Garabed Antranikian Pioneer of white biotechnology
Loki Schmidt Honorary life achievement award
2005[14] Berndt Heydemann Founder of the Future Centre Man-Nature-Technology-Science in Nieklitz
Joachim Luther Use of solar energy
Heinz Sielmann Honorary life achievement award
2006[15] Hans G. Huber Technology transfer for water treatment in emerging and developing countries
Ernst-Detlef Schulze Research into global warming
2007[16] Beate Weber Commitment to environmental and climate protection
Carl H. Schmitt and Jürgen Köhler (both Konvekta AG) Development of environmentally friendly refrigerants
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber Climate Impact Research
2008[17] Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker Environmental policy-makers and advisers, in particular to the United Nations
Holger Zinke Pioneer of white biotechnology
2009[18] Petra Bültmann-Steffin and Carsten Bührer Development of special heaters based on high-temperature superconductors
Bo Barker Jørgensen Contribution to the understanding of microbial processes in the ocean
Angelika Zahrnt decades of commitment to environmental protection
2010[19] Winfried Barkhausen and Edwin Büchter Development of mobile laser technology
Rainer Grießhammer has advanced environmental policy solutions and anchored the issue of sustainability in people’s everyday lives
Mikhail Gorbachev for its international commitment to environmental protection
2011[20] Joachim Alfred and Joachim Georg Wünning for a special combustion technology that enables more efficient energy use and significant emission reductions in key energy-intensive technologies worldwide (FLOX process)
Juergen Schmidt for the climate-neutral mail-order company Memo AG, which contributes to sustainable consumption in the office, at school, in the home and during leisure time
2012[21] Günther Cramer for having “built up SMA from a small engineering office to a global technology and market leader with more than 5500 employees by consistently focusing on research and development”
Andreas Bett and Hansjörg Lerchenmüller for having “set worldwide standards in photovoltaics with their pioneering technical developments and personal commitment, thus significantly advancing photovoltaics globally”
2013[22] Ursula Sladek Co-founder of Elektrizitätswerke Schönau
Carmen Hock-Heyl Founder of Thermo Hemp
2014[23] Peter Hennicke Energy efficiency expert
Gunther War Founder of UNISENSOR Sensorsysteme
Hubert Weinzierl Honorary award for lifelong commitment to nature conservation
2015[24] Mojib Latif Climate and marine scientists
Johan Rockström Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre
Michael Succow Honorary award for lifelong commitment to nature conservation
2016[25] Bas van Abel Fairphone founder, entrepreneur, for the goal of making an ethical smartphone
Angelika Mettke Scientist (BTU), recycling expert, for the use of recyclable concrete parts and recycled concrete
Walter Feeß Entrepreneur (Heinrich Feeß GmbH & Co. KG), recycling expert, for the use of recyclable concrete parts and recycled concrete
2017[26] Inge Sielmann, Kai Frobel and Hubert Weiger Commitment to the first and largest all-German nature conservation project, the Green Belt Germany
Bernhard Oswald and Johannes Oswald Development of a particularly energy-saving electric motor
Tony de Brum Decisive contribution to the establishment of the “High Ambition Coalition” for climate protection (honorary award, posthumous)
2018[27] Antje Boetius for their scientific achievements in deep-sea and polar research
Roland Arnold Müller, Manfred van Afferden, Mi-Yong Lee (Mi-Yong Becker) and Wolf-Michael Hirschfeld (all Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research) for innovative system solutions for decentralized wastewater treatment
2019[28] Ingrid Kögel-Knabner for their scientific achievements in soil research
Reinhard Schneider (Managing Partner of Werner & Mertz) for the use of recycled materials and indigenous plants as raw materials
2020[29] Ottmar Edenhofer for its contribution toCO2 pricing
Annika Trappmann and Hugo Sebastian Trappmann (Managing Director of Blechwarenfabrik Limburg) for their outstanding commitment to climate protection
Martin Sorg (Entomological Society Krefeld) Honorary prize for the scientific substantiation of massive insect declines in the “Krefeld Study

Literature

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Individual references

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