Prize ceremony in the city hall of Stockholm. Photo: Magnus Fröderberg/norden.org

The municipality of Reykjavik is the winner of the Nordic Council’s Nature and Environment Prize 2014. The capital is awarded for its wide-ranging and determined environmental work.

The prize was announced in connection with the Nordic Council’s session in Stockholm.

Reykjavik generates district heating and electricity from geothermal energy and has developed an environmentally friendly way of using its drinking water. The city is the only capital in the Nordic region to provide every household with untreated and pure drinking water. Furthermore 87% of the municipality’s vehicles run on electricity or gas, although Reykjavik is a small city with about 121,000 inhabitants.

“The prize sum will be used to make the continuous work visible for the public and especially for the inhabitants of Reykjavik”, states Environment and Construction Manager Ólöf Örvarsdóttir, in the City Hall, shortly after the prize ceremony.

Next year’s prize will go to a company, organisation or individual that has developed a product or an innovation that will help to reduce climate-gas emissions in the future.

The purpose of the Nature and Environment Prize is to increase awareness of nature and environmental work in the Nordic countries. It has been awarded since 1995 along with the other Nordic Council prizes.

Read more about the Nature and Environment Prize 2014

Learn more about the Nordic Council’s Nature and Environment Prize