HAMBURG, Germany, May 29 /PRNewswire/ --
- International Environmental Prize to be Awarded in Future in Hamburg
City Mayor Ole von Beust, City Senator for the Environment Anja Hajduk and Foundation President Anthony S. Papadimitriou today announced the future awarding of Aristotle Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment, speaking at Hamburg City Hall. The prize is endowed by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and is to be awarded in Hamburg every two years for outstanding contributions towards protecting and improving the environment, including the long-term economical use of energy. The first award will be in autumn 2010, and the prize may be given to individuals or organisations of all kinds, other than politicians or political parties. It is one of the highest-endowed environmental prizes in the world, carrying an award of EUR 250,000.
City Mayor Ole von Beust: Our efforts to protect the climate, resources and the environment are increasingly respected, including outside Germany. With the Aristotle Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment, we are now seeing a major international environmental prize coming to Hamburg for the first time. The internationally-constituted nominations committee under the chairmanship of City Senator for Urban Development and the Environment Anja Hajduk is outstanding, from the Hamburg viewpoint, in recruiting Dr. Michael Otto and 'ZEIT' journalist Christiane Grefe alongside international scientists.
City Senator Anja Hajduk: In view of the massive challenges of climate change and in environmental policy, the Aristotle Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment comes at just the right time. It aims to publicise outstanding research and projects in this area and to offer solutions. The new environmental prize will be a further advertisement for Hamburg's competence in relation to protection of the environment and the climate.
Anthony S. Papadimitriou, President of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation: The Onassis Foundation and the City of Hamburg share a bond which goes back to the period when the undisputed leading shipping personality of the 20th century, Aristotle Onassis, was expanding his business. Among his pioneering initiatives in the early 1950s has been the order for the construction of a series of tankers in German shipyards, thus offering this industry the significant opportunity for revival and growth. In present time, both the Onassis Foundation and the City of Hamburg share as a priority the concern for major issues concerning the protection of the environment. For those reasons, we were already looking at Hamburg as a potentially suitable venue for the awarding of the Aristotle Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment. What rapidly convinced us were the major efforts being made by Hamburg to link together urban development, climate and environmental protection. Our prize is genuinely at home here.
The Awarding Committee comprises a total of nine people, under the chairpersonship of Senator Anja Hajduk. Members are: Anthony S. Papadimitriou, President of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, Christiane Grefe, journalist (DIE ZEIT), Prof. Peter Koutrakis, Professor of Environmental Sciences at Harvard University (USA), Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif, Professor at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University, Dr. Michael Otto, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Hamburg retail and services group Otto, Prof. Dr. Michael J. Skoullos, Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Athens University, Christine von Weizsacker, biologist; awarded the Kant-World-Citizen-Prize 2006. A ninth member is to be announced shortly.
The commitment to the environment underpinning the Foundation is also a guiding principle for the Onassis shipping company. The company fleet consists entirely of dual-hulled tankers. The company is currently working on using more energy-saving propulsion mechanisms.
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