Building on the success of various government initiated awards to promote environmental awareness in the community, the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) is a merger and extension of three former environmental award schemes, namely the Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards, the Wastewi$e Scheme and the Hong Kong Energy Efficiency Awards.
Started in 2008, the HKAEE is led by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) alongside the Environmental Protection Department and in conjunction with nine organizations, namely, the Advisory Council on the Environment, the Business Environment Council, the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the Hong Kong Chinese Importers’ & Exporters’ Association, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Hong Kong Productivity Council.
In line with the Government's mission and to cater for the need of the community, the HKAEE aims to encourage businesses and organizations to adopt green management and green innovations, as well as to present them with an opportunity to benchmark their commitment towards environmental excellence.
The HKAEE has been recognized by the community as one of the most prestigious and reputable environmental award schemes in Hong Kong. In 2012, four schemes are offered, namely, "Environmental Labels", "Carbon"Less" Certificates", "Green Innovations Awards" and "Sectoral Awards". The Environmental Labels scheme offers recognition to organizations that have achieved goals in reducing waste, conserving energy, improving the quality of indoor air and enhancing the environmental attributes of a product. The Carbon"Less" Certificates scheme recognizes organizations with carbon reduction achievements. The Green Innovations Awards scheme recognizes the achievements of a green innovation that has proven environmental benefits. The Sectoral Awards scheme grants awards to organizations of designated sectors with an overall outstanding environmental performance.
A summary of the four schemes can be found here, whereas full details can be found in the HKAEE's homepage.