Introduction and Aims
The Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (the HKAEE) and Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification (HKGOC) are led by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) alongside the Environmental Protection Department and in conjunction with nine organisations, namely, in alphabetical order, 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.
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The HKAEE is an annual award which aims to encourage organisations to implement environmental management, to measure organisations’ performance on their commitment to environmental management, and to recognise organisations with excellence performance on environmental management.
The 2020 HKAEE encompasses two annual awards and two commendation schemes, namely:
- Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) which is a sector specific competition recognising the overall environmental achievement of an organisation;
- Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards (HKGIA) which encourages organisations to solve problems with innovative green ideas which have been turned into tangible gadgets, equipment or systems, resulting in benefits to the environment, organisation and the community;
- Outstanding Green Achiever Commendation Scheme (OGACS) which recognises outstanding employees for their strong commitment, dedicated efforts as well as exceptional performance and enthusiasm in driving environmental enhancement within their respective organisations or functional units and for the community; and
- Outstanding Promotional Partner Commendation Scheme (OPPCS) which aims to recognise organisations that put in great efforts to help promote the HKAEE and have successfully invited their business partners to participate in the HKAEE, so as to encourage more corporates and organisations from different business sectors in going green together.
The HKGOC consists of four Certificates, namely “Wastewi$e Certificate”, “Energywi$e Certificate”, “IAQwi$e Certificate” and “Carbon Reduction Certificate”, which aims to benchmark green organisations with substantial achievement in green management, to encourage participants to adopt environmental practices in different aspects and to recognise their efforts and commitments to the environment. It is a prestigious certification scheme with high credibility. It also encourages participants to strive for self-improvement in specific environmental aspects.