The Volvo Environment Prize is presented by an independent foundation with the purpose of rewarding outstanding scientific discoveries or innovations which in broad terms fall within the environmental field.
The laureates represent a wide span of knowledge and areas of importance for the environment. Previous laureates include economists, biologists, urban development experts, resource and hazard specialists, poverty adversaries and others who are exploring the path to a sustainable world. More than 40 scientists have received the award since 1990. Two of the laureates later won the Nobel Prize.