Awards 2021

Awards Category

Industry Sector

Manufacturing

Any enterprises whose business involves factory operation,
manufacturing or assembly processes

Services

Any enterprises whose business does not involve factory operation,
manufacturing or assembly processes

 

Participating Category

 

The following categories are open to both manufacturing and service industry sectors:

EcoPartner 

Enterprises that have implemented at least 1 environmental project between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 and submitted the environmental project form will be granted the EcoPartner certificate and logo.

EcoChallenger 

Enterprises that have implemented 3 or more environmental projects between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 and completed the on-site assessment will be granted the EcoChallenger certificate and logo.

 

Recognition Award

All applicants of EcoChallenger will be competing for the following awards:

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ONE awardee each in
the manufacturing and service
industry sectors
Cash prize of HK$50,000 each
Self Photos / Files - award-silverSilver Award
ONE awardee each in
the manufacturing and service
industry sectors
Cash prize of HK$20,000 each
Self Photos / Files - award-bronzeBronze Award
THREE awardees each in
the manufacturing and service
industry sectors
Cash prize of HK$10,000 each
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ONE awardee each in
the manufacturing and service
industry sectors
Cash prize of HK$20,000 each
 

Sustainable Business Award​Self Photos / Files - award-others

The Sustainable Business Award will be given to ONE winner for its consecutive efforts in advocacy and promotion of green initiatives. EcoChallenger applicants who have enroled in this Award Programme for 10 or more consecutive years will be automatically considered for the award. Eligible applicant getting the highest score for Sustainable Development in the final judging will be the winner.

 

All applicants can compete for the following awards:

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Recognition Award

The Belt and Road Environmental Leadership Recognition Award will be given to ONE winner for its outstanding environmental performance and green initiatives that have benefitted countries along the Belt and Road#.
 
 
 
 

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Environmental Leadership Recognition Award

Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Bay Area Environmental Leadership Recognition Award will be given to ONE winner in recognition of its projects that have improved the ecological environment in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA)^. The assessment criteria include resource management, environmental protection, industrial structure, production procedures and lifestyle, in addition to other efforts in driving green and low-carbon development in those communities.
 
  • The "Belt" refers to economic and overland transport links across China to Central Asia and Europe while the "Road" is a network of maritime routes connecting regions through Chinese sea ports. For the list of Belt and Road countries, please refer to the link: https://www.yidaiyilu.gov.cn/info/iList.jsp?cat_id=10037&tm_id=69. https://www.yidaiyilu.gov.cn/info/iList.jsp?cat_id=10037&tm_id=69
  • The GBA consists of Hong Kong, Macao, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Zhaoqing, Huizhou, and Jiangmen. The parent company, factory and subsidiary company of the applicant are considered eligible to participate in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Environmental Leadership Recognition Award.

Environmental Projects

Environmental projects can be classified into the following categories:

 

  1. Energy conservation
  2. Water management
  3. Waste reduction & reuse
  4. Recycling of resources
  5. Gas emissions
  6. Noise abatement
  1. Green management –
    7a) Eco-design in products/service
    7b) Cleaner production
    7c) Green procurement
    7d) Reporting
    7e) Leadership involvement
  2. Green innovation
  3. Green Technology

Entitlements

  • All participating enterprises and awardees will be entitled to use the respective logo on their marketing materials within a 1-year entitlement period
  • Enterprises that have applied for the Awards for 3 or 5 consecutive years will be granted the 3 Years+ or 5 Years+ EcoPioneer logo respectively
  • All participating enterprises of EcoChallenger will be provided with an assessment service by a professional assessment organisation
  • Media coverage and exposure

Application and Judging Procedure

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Belt and Road Environmental Leadership Recognition Award and

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Environmental Leadership Recognition Award

 

Eligibility: EcoPartner OR EcoChallenger

 

Any applicants with environmental projects carried out in ANY single region (e.g. Hong Kong), instead of all related locations, are eligible to enrol / eligible for enrolment. The two award winners are selected in accordance with the scope of application in environmental work and its positive impact brought to the respective region.

 

Self Photos / Files - num-1Submit the project form, and upload a Powerpoint file regarding the environmental projects in the region (PPT template is available on the Award website)
1) Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Environmental Leadership Recognition Award - PPT Template
2) Belt and Road Environmental Leadership Recognition Award - PPT Template

 

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Self Photos / Files - num-2Selected by the Special Award Judging Panel, shortlisted enterprises are invited to present in the Final Judging, and submit a video clip (optional) no longer than 5 minutes

 

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Self Photos / Files - ceremony-badgeAwardees attend the Award Presentation Ceremony and receive certificates

Key Dates

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Judging Criteria (For EcoChallenger)

(For applications with more than 3 environmental projects, only the average score of the top 3 projects will be considered. Please click here to learn more about the definition of the judging criteria.) 

Environmental Project Score

Individual project aspect

Energy conservation and waste reduction 15
Innovation 15
Green Technology 15
Positive impact on environment and industry 10

Overall aspect – past environmental projects will also be counted

Comprehensiveness 10
Management involvement 10
Sustainable development 10
Sub-total 85
Community Participation and Promotion in Environmental Protection Score
Comprehensiveness 10
Innovation 5
Sub-total 15
Project Total Scores 100
* Extra Adjustment Scores 5
Total Score 105

* Extra adjustment scores are applicable on the final jduging meeting only. Judges shall apply the score to adjust the total scores after reconsidering the entire performance (including meeting presentation and submitted documents). The scores are not influential to the applicant in the stage of application. 

 

Bonus Points


Referral Programme

Encouraging participating enterprises to promote eco-friendly culture to the fellows, enterprises will be awarded 2 bonus points (capped at 10 points) in on-site assessment for referring a first-time applicant under the Programme.

Other Programmes
Participants of the following programmes will receive 1 bonus point (capped at 3 points) in on-site assessment:
- Awardees of Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence or Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification

- Awardees of Hong Kong Green Awards
- Hong Kong Green Mark Certification Scheme

Reference for Judging Criteria
Individual Project Aspect
Energy conservation and waste reduction – Energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the reduction in carbon emission achieved by the environmental projects
Innovation – Outperformance in the industry new environmental development in the industry and introduce innovative environmental-friendly concept(s), practice(s) or mechanism(s)
Green Technology – Leverage on academic research, technology and science to develop products, services or mechanisms that are capable of minimising energy consumption, waste or negative environmental impact
Positive impact on environment and industry – Environmental benefits of the projects and how they inspire environmental practices among other industry practitioners
Overall aspect - Past environmental projects will also be counted
Comprehensiveness – Referencing from past environmental projects for an cumulative review of the comprehensiveness and continuous efforts in environmental contribution
Management involvement – Involvement from the management and the positive impact of setting corporate-wide environmental policies
Sustainable development – The consideration of long-term and cumulative impact on the environment instead of temporary, one-time measures
Community Participation and Promotion in Environmental Protection
Innovation – Promoting new environmental concept(s) or practice(s) at community level
Comprehensiveness – The extensiveness of community-level promotions reviewed by the scope of the projects (including the groups and communities engaged)

Fee

EcoPartner
Free of Charge

EcoChallenger
HK$4,000 Assessment Fee

 
Subsidy on Assessment Fee

A subsidy will be granted to enterprises that fulfil the following criteria:

  • A subsidy of HK$4,000 will be granted to the first 30 SME applicants participating in EcoChallenger
  • A subsidy of HK$4,000 will be granted to the first 20 FHKI Members participating in EcoChallenger

 

Discount for the Hong Kong Green Mark Certification Scheme

Enterprises who took part in the Programme can enjoy a 50% off discount on the application fee for their first-time enrolment in the Hong Kong Green Mark Certification Scheme under FHKI (Enquiry hotline: (852) 2732 3188).

 

In case of any disputes about the subsidy for assessment fee, all decisions of the organiser shall be regarded as final. The assessment fee should first be settled with the assessment organisation before the completion of assessment. For on-site assessment to be conducted in Mainland China, the incurred transportation and accommodation expenses should be borne by the enterprise. If the assessment period exceeds one day, the enterprise should bear the additional assessment fee.

Eligibility

Any enterprises with a valid Business Registration in Hong Kong or Certificate of Taxation Registration in Pan-PRD region+ are eligible to apply.

 

+ The Pan-PRD region is made up of nine provinces including Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Yunnan as well as Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions. The region is also known as “9+2”.

 

Definition of SME under the Awards:

  Number of persons employed
Manufacturing Sector Services Sector
Hong Kong / Macao <100 employees <50 employees
Mainland China <500 employees <250 employees

Self Photos / Files - icon-1 The “number of persons employed” refers to all individual proprietors, partners and shareholders who are actively engaged in the operation of the company; and salaried employees of the company, including full-time or part-time personnel directly paid by the company, both permanent and temporary, at the time of submitting the applications.
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SME Award participating enterprise's parent company, affiliated company (if applicable) and itself should NOT be a listed company. (Ownership of a 50% of interest or more will be classified as an affiliated company.)

 

Online Application


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Application deadline is 30 November 2021 (Tuesday).  

 

All applicants must submit the online application form on this Awards website. The environmental project form will be provided upon submission of the application form. Participating enterprises are required to return the completed form within the stated period. For EcoChallenger applicants, the assessment organisation will be in touch for further arrangements for the on-site assessment.

 

Notes: All information submitted will be kept confidential. FHKI reserves the right to amend the rules and regulations of the programme. In case of any disputes, all decisions made by FHKI shall be regarded as final.