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Princeton scientist wins Volvo Environment Prize

Robert H. Williams, senior research scientist at Princeton's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, has been named a co-winner of the 2000 Volvo Environment Prize .

Williams shares the prize with Jose; Goldemberg of Brazil, Thomas Johansson of Sweden and Amulya Reddy of India. Working together since the early 1980s, the four scientists have developed an innovative policy-driven approach to technical analysis of world energy. They have formulated energy strategies that help solve major energy-linked problems of poverty, local and global environmental concerns, military conflict, and nuclear weapons proliferation -- problems that would be exacerbated in a "business-as-usual" future based on today's energy technologies. These strategies include more efficient energy use, various forms of renewable energy, hydrogen as an energy carrier, and, as a response to climate change concerns, deep underground sequestration of the carbon dioxide byproduct of hydrogen manufactured from fossil fuels.

Their analyses also show that the developing countries can avoid retracing the polluting energy path of industrialized countries and "leap-frog" directly to cleaner, safer technologies.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601

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