DBU's German Environmental Award Goes to Rainer Griesshammer and the Founders of the Company Clean-Lasersysteme, Herzogenrath - Special Prize for Mikhail Gorbachev
OSNABRUECK, Germany - There are two winners of the German Environmental Award of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) in 2010: the award, worth 245,000 euros respectively, will go to the founders of the company Clean-Lasersysteme (Herzogenrath), Dr. Winfried Barkhausen (51) and Edwin Büchter (41), and the co-managing director of the Institute for Applied Ecology (Freiburg), Dr Rainer Griesshammer (57). Barkhausen/Büchter are winning the prize for their mobile laser technology. It cleans technical surfaces with light in an environmentally-friendly manner, while also offering economic advantages and optimising industrial safety. Griesshammer is being presented with the award because he has given impetus to eco-political solutions and made the issue of sustainability an integral part of everyday life. The former president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev (79), will be awarded a special prize of 10,000 euros for his international efforts to protect the environment. The prizes will be presented by German President Christian Wulff on 31 October in Bremen.