Adam Smith Prize

Adam-Smith-Prize

ADAM-SMITH-PRIZE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMIC POLICY

Green Budget Germany annually awards the Adam-Smith-Prize for Environmental Economic Policy, following the motto:

People will do anything for money, even the right thing.

This wonderful phrase comes from Josef Deimer, who retired from office after 30 years as Mayor of Landshut in 2004. The thinking behind this approach unmistakably goes back to Adam Smith. No one recognized as early and as clearly that self-interest and the public interest do not, by any means, have to be mutually exclusive. Thus, in more detail our slogan would have read: Using self-interest to serve public interest - with Adam Smith for environmental economic policy.

Criteria for the award are scientific, political or journalistic contributions to the development and implementation of market-based instruments (MBIs) and for the increased establishment of the polluter pays principle.

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Adam-Smith-Prize 2013
In March 2013 the Adam-Smith-Prize was awarded during the GBG annual conference on "Post-growth society". Laureate was former German Minister of Finance Hans Eichel.
Please see GBG's press release (in German) here.

Adam-Smith-Prize 2012
This year's "Adam-Smith-Prize for Environmental Economic Policy" was awarded to EU Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta. Laudations were held by Günter Verheugen, the former vice president of the European Commission and Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, UNEP International Resource Panel. The award ceremony took place at the end of the conference "Resource Efficiency through Market-Based Instruments. Framework Conditions for a Green Economy" on 23th March in Berlin.

Handover Ceremony of the Adam-Smith-Prize 2012. Dr. Anselm GÖRRES, Prof. Ernst Ulrich von WEIZSÄCKER, Ramune SOTVARIENE, Algirdas ŠEMETA, Günter VERHEUGEN

Awardee of the Adam-Smith-Prize 2012, Algirdas ŠEMETA

Kai Schlegelmilch, Jacqueline Cottrell and Algirdas Šemeta

Adam-Smith-Prize 2011
The Adam-Smith-Prize 2011 was awarded to Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. In Prof. von Weizsäcker, Green Budget Germany was honoring one of the most prominent scholars pointing out paths to a resource efficient economy. Already at an early stage he underlined the importance of economic instruments in creating a sustainable economy. From 1998 to 2005 Prof. von Weizsäcker was a member of the German Parliament and substantially contributed to the implementation of the german Ecological Tax Reform. The award ceremony took place after the Expert Conference on Resource Taxes on Friday, 6 May at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin.

Adam-Smith-Prize 2010
The Adam-Smith-Prize 2010 was awarded on Friday 23 April, as part of our conference on Eco-social Fiscal Reform for a Better Climate and Balanced Budget in the "Rotes Rathaus" in Berlin. Recipient was the "green conscience" of the CSU, Josef Göppel. With this award, Green Budget Germany recognised Josef Göppel's outstanding efforts in the field of environmental politics over almost 40 years of his political work in Germany.

Adam-Smith-Prize 2009
The sixth awardee of the Adam-Smith-Prize was announced on 29th May in Berlin, in the context of GBG Conference. The awardee this year is Jos Delbeke, the Deputy Director-General of the DG Environment, who can be held as the "father" of emission trade. Laudations were held by Dr. Reinhard Loske and Dr. Anselm Görres.

Adam-Smith-Prize 2008
The "Adam-Smith-Prize for Environmental Economic Policy" was awarded the fifth time. This time, Dr. Barbara Hendricks (SPD) and Dr. Reinhard Loske (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) were the awardees.
Please see GBG's press release (in German) here.

Adam-Smith-Prize 2007
In October 2008 the Adam-Smith-Prize was awarded during The Eighth Global Conference on Environmental Taxation: "Innovation, Technology and Employment - Impacts of Environmental Fiscal Reforms and other Market-Based Instruments". Laureate was Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer.
Please see GBG's press release (in German) here.

Adam-Smith-Prize 2006
In 2006 the "Adam-Smith-Prize for Environmental Economic Policy" was awarded to former Environment Minister Jürgen Trittin, in the context of the GBG conference entitled "Ecotax rather than Merkel-Tax" (with reference to Chancellor Merkel's plans, since realised, to increase VAT rates in Germany) in Berlin in April 2006.
Please see GBG's press release (in German) here.

Adam-Smith-Prize 2005
For the second time, the "Adam-Smith-Prize for Environmental Economic Policy" was awarded in the context of GBG's annual conference, entitled "Ecotaxes: Where next?" in Tutzing in April 2005. The awardee was Dr. Dieter Ewringmann.
Please see GBG's press release (in German) here.

Adam-Smith-Prize 2004
The first "Adam-Smith-Prize for Environmental Economic Policy" was awarded at the Annual General Meeting of GBG members in 2004 to Advisory Board Member and one of the inventors of the Ecotax, Prof. Dr. Hans Christoph Binswanger. The award is worth 1000 Euros, kindly funded by donations from members and supporters of GBG and the Ecotax.
Please see GBG's press release (in German) here.