Participating companies are required to complete a certain number of environmental projects based on eight areas: energy conservation, water management, waste discharge reduction and treatment, recycling of resources, air emissions, noise abatement, green management, others.
Submitted environmental projects should be realistic, specific, measurable, consistent with organizational objectives and allow far-reaching achievement through the concerted efforts of all members of the organization.
The panel of judges includes: The Hon. Andrew Leung, Co-chairman of Sustainable Industry Council; Mrs Dorothy Sit, Chief Operation Officer of Hang Seng Bank; Mr Daniel Cheng, Vice-chairman of FHKI, Co-chairman of Sustainable Industry Council; Mr Xie Shi Chao, Director of the Economic & Trade Commission of Guangdong Province; The Hon. Yiu-tong Cheng, Non-Official Member of the Executive Council, Convenor of Sustainable Development Sub-group of The Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council; Mr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HK Green Manufacturing Alliance; Mr David Wong, Representative from EPD, HKSAR, Principal Environmental Protection Officer (Cross-Boundary & International); Representative from Hong Kong Trade Development Council; Mr Ralph Chow, Director of Product Promotion, Hong Kong Trade Development Council; Ms Mei Ng, Member of Sustainable Industry Council, Member of Board of Governors of Friends of Earth (HK); Mr Oi Ju, Deputy Secretary of Guangdong Association of Environmental Protection Industry; and Mr Zhang Guo Liang, Member of Sustainable Industry Council, Director & proprietor of Hong Kong Wen Wei Po Ltd.
25,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions to be reduced
1.5 million cubic meters of water saved
With over 70,000 factories in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) and with the region's heightening environmental problems, the Awards aim to recognize and encourage sound environmental practices by manufacturing companies in Hong Kong and the PRD.
Manufacturing companies can enter environmental projects in eight areas: energy conservation, water management, waste discharge reduction and treatment, recycling of resources, air emissions, noise abatement, green management, and others.
A company must successfully complete at least one environmental project between 1 January and 31 December 2008 to be eligible to participate in the Awards.
Participating companies with the most impressive environmental projects will compete for:
(1) Hang Seng Pearl River Delta Environmental Grand Award (1 winner - cash prize of HK$100,000),
(2) Hang Seng Pearl River Delta Environmental Award (3 winners - cash prize of HK$50,000 each), and (3) Hang Seng Pearl River Delta Environmental Category Award (8 winners - cash prize of HK$10,000 each).
The organizer will organize a series of educational activities for the participating companies, including seminars, road shows, and experience-sharing sessions.
This commitment expects to reduce dioxide emissions by 25,000 tons through the energy-saving projects and save over 1.5 million cubic meters of water through the execution of water management projects.
This is a new program launched by Hang Seng Bank with an objective to tackle the issue of climate change. The Bank has undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the past years, but not a program that specifically targets at a geographic area with the existence of over 70,000 factories and which is severely hit by environmental problems.