The 2010 “Green Embassy Prize” has been granted to the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi in recognition of its efforts in response to the Government of Sweden’s “Green Goals” by protecting its working and living environment.
Ambassador Staffan Herrström received the price on behalf of the Embassy in Hanoi on 25 August, only a few days before taking up his duties as Ambassador to Sweden in Hanoi.
After one year of introducing a plan for“Green Embassy – Actions for Environmental Protection”, the Embassy has undertaken simple but practical measures which have saved one third of its energy consumption. Another environmentally friendly measure is to use salt water for the Embassy’s pool instead of chemicals, which has positive impacts on reducing water pollution. The Embassy’s composting system has produced bio-fertilizers for its gardening. Also, strong commitment and cooperation between all the staff members, including the managers and the tenants in the Embassy compound have played a crucial role in achieving the Embassy’s goals for a Green Environment.
“The Prize is an encouragement for us and as the new Ambassador, I will continue this tradition. We will even work harder with more practical measures. I believe that our efforts for a green Embassy is not only for us but also for the Embassy’s neighbourhood. Every individual’s practices for a green environment will count.” said Ambassador Staffan Herrström.
This is the first time in history, the Property Board in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm has given out this Prize.