2021 Flemming Bligaard Award for research on the green energy transition

16 September 2021
Apply now for the EUR 65,000 Award, which honours extraordinary early-career researchers working on the green energy transition. Application deadline is Monday, 20 September.
Flemming Bligaard Pedersen

Flemming Bligaard Pedersen


Neel Strøbæk

Senior Group Director, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility
T: +45 5161 8641

Nearly three-quarter of global carbon emissions today arise from the production and use of fossil fuels. But the world needs to halve emissions by 2030 to limit global warming at 1.5° above pre-industrial levels and help preserve our planet for future generations.

That’s why the Ramboll Foundation has decided that the 2021 Flemming Bligaard Award will honour an outstanding early-career researcher whose contributions can help speed up the green transition of the energy sector from fossil-fuels to renewables.

The Award includes a prize of EUR 65,000, one of the most generous in the engineering and sustainability consulting industry.

“In Ramboll, we support the energy sector in its transition from fossil fuels to renewables and in making systems, technologies and processes more efficient. The transition to net-zero carbon emissions is possible, but it will require rethinking the energy system and technological development. That is why I applaud the Ramboll Foundation’s decision to have the Flemming Bligaard Award support the green transition,” says Michael Simmelsgaard, Executive Board Group Chief Operating Officer.

Apply for the Award here.

The application deadline is Monday, 20 September 2021.

About the Award

The motivation behind the Flemming Bligaard Award is to uncover new knowledge with emphasis on bright ideas, and applicable sustainable solutions providing knowledge to people and society. 

Former Ramboll CEO Flemming Bligaard Pedersen stepped down as chair of the Ramboll Foundation in 2020. To honour Flemming’s 44 years of service, the Ramboll Foundation created a EUR 65,000 award for an outstanding early-career researcher whose work represents extraordinary contributions to sustainable development. 

Previous winners

Colin Rose, who won the Award in 2022, is researching how to replace concrete and steel with a new mass timber product called cross-laminated secondary timber (CLST) made out of reclaimed wood in layers, like scaled-up plywood. The use of CLST helps reduce CO2 emissions, as the timber contains less than half the embodied carbon of concrete and when sequestration is considered, timber has a carbon-negative impact. Read more about Colin’s research.


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