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Thor Ice Chilling Solutions, supplier of unique cooling solutions for fresh food processing, is delighted to announce that it has been nominated for the Nordic Council Environment Prize 2021

Every year, the Nordic nations each select a nominee representing their country, a company or individual who has demonstrated exemplary efforts in environmental protection and conservation, sustainability and climate action.

The focus this year is on sustainable food systems. Thor Ice has developed a unique and patented cooling technology for preserving a wide variety of fresh foods. Improved chilling methods can drastically extend product shelf life and help tackle bacteria spoilage and unnecessary waste that compounds the carbon footprint of food production. 

The 8 nominees were publicly announced at Fundur fólksins democracy festival on 3 September at The Nordic House in Reykjavik, Iceland. The winner will be officially revealed at the Nordic Council’s award ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 November 2021. 

Image credit: Sigurjón Ragnar/The Nordic House. 

Thor Ice CEO Thorsteinn I. Viglundsson (left) pictured with Iceland’s representative in the Nordic Council Environmental Committee Rakel Gardarsdottir (centre) and Iceland’s Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson (right).

Image credit: Thor Ice Chilling Solutions

The Thor Ice team pictured with Iceland’s Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources outside The Nordic House in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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The following information on the prize and this year’s theme has been retrieved from the Nordic Co-operation website


For food production to be considered sustainable, the food must be produced locally where possible, using environmentally sustainable methods. In agriculture, the emphasis is on recirculated plant nutrition and environmentally friendly farming practices that take into account greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration, biodiversity and good management of water resources. Those engaged in animal husbandry and fish farming accept an environmental responsibility and maintain high standards of animal welfare. Natural resources used for food, such as game, wild fish and other natural products, are exploited wisely.

When ingredients are processed into food products, as much as possible of their nutritional content is preserved. There is no waste of resources in the food industry, products are packaged in an energy-efficient way and the environmental impact of distribution is minimised. Companies and retailers offer customers sustainable alternatives, and minimise food waste through their own initiatives. The food that consumers buy is based on environmentally sustainable alternatives, such as vegetarian food adapted to the seasons. We eat as many calories as we need, no food goes to waste and organic waste is recycled.


This year is the 27th time the Nordic Council Environment Prize will be awarded, and in 2021 it will honour Nordic initiatives that have made a special effort to secure a sustainable food system. Anyone can nominate candidates for the prize, and the winner will be awarded DKK 300,000.

The prize was first awarded in 1995, and aims to raise awareness of environmental work in the Nordic countries. Anyone can nominate candidates. The Environment Prize is awarded to a Nordic individual, organisation or company that has managed to integrate respect for the environment into its business or activities in an exemplary manner, or has made an exceptional contribution to the environment in some other way.

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