Thomas Sterner står vid en talarstol. Intill honom står Frankrikes miljöminister, Barbara Pompili.
French Minister of the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, and Economics Professor Thomas Sterner at the award ceremony in Stockholm on the 4th of June.
Photo: Pierre Moncorge

Thomas Sterner appointed Knight of the French Legion of Honour


Thomas Sterner has received the award Knight (Chevalier) of the French Legion of Honour as a recognition for his work and commitment to the environment. The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit, both military and civil, established by Napoleon Bonaparte and retained by all later French governments.

Thomas Sterner is a professor in Environmental Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, and an internationally acknowledged expert on climate policy instruments, and one of the co-founders of the Environment for Development network.

“Outstanding work”

France benefits from Thomas Sterner’s work in several ways. He is a member of the committee for the state’s green bonds, aimed at financing environmental projects, currently the biggest of its kind in the world. He is a member of the scientific board of AFD (the French equivalent to the Swedish Sida), and President of the Conseil Scientifique de la Chaire Economie du Climat, University Paris Dauphine. In 2015-16 he was elected to a chair of sustainable development at the prestigious Collège the France.

The motivation for Thomas Sterner's appointment to Chevalier is:

By this award, France wants to honour your outstanding work as a researcher, your commitment to the environment, and your undisputably important role in the international debate.

Discussed policies with the minister

“I am really happy to get this recognition for my work," Thomas Sterner says.

“France has definitely acknowledged the importance of a transition to a fossil-free community and the role Environmental Economics plays in solving this great challenge”.

The award ceremony was held at the French Embassy in Stockholm by the French Environment Minister, Barbara Pompili on the 4th of June.

”It was a great ceremony and a fine opportunity to talk to the Environment Minister Barbara Pompili. We discussed environmental issues in general and climate policies in particular, financial policies such as the green bonds but also fiscal policies such as carbon taxes and public education which is fundamental to pave the way for other policies,” Thomas Sterner says.

Text: Petra Hansson