The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences was established in 1990 and supports research excellence in the environmental sciences. The prize is awarded every two years. It consists of 200,000 US Dollars and a trophy; it is funded by the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation.
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The 1980s brought worldwide acceptance of environmental science as a fully-fledged scientific discipline, whose pioneers deserve recognition. With the growing realisation that there could be a worldwide shortage of clean drinking water, Heineken N.V. took measures to radically reduce the use of water in its breweries. Alfred Heineken was a keen advocate of these measures.
Alfred Heineken was also intrigued by the problem of the hole in the ozone layer, and more particularly its possible implications for the climate and the health dangers of ultraviolet radiation. The issue concerned him to such an extent that he personally commissioned a scientist to conduct further research. He also made donations to a group of scientists working on a solution to the danger posed by chemical weapons dumped in the Baltic Sea and the Skagerrak.