Environmental Excellence

You’re thinking about entering the Environmental Excellence Category? Excellent!

Nominations are open for consideration of the Environmental Excellence Award at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open from 8 May and close 19 July. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is not sufficient.


Nominations are open to any manufacturing company that can demonstrate environmentally responsible manufacturing practices that have recognised and reduced their overall impact on the environment.

The judges will be looking for evidence to confirm the company’s knowledge of its environmental impact, controls that have been implemented to reduce their impact, involvement and commitment of all levels within the business towards environmental awareness and control, recognition of their environmental commitment and performance and evidence of systematic commitment to systems supporting ongoing environmental performance and improvement.

Note – Applicants may find that their application into the Environmental Excellence category may also be a ‘fit’ for another category, such as innovation, manufacturing process, etc. By adapting the information to fit the criteria of other categories you give yourself the opportunity for your product, process etc to be profiled in more than one sector.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc, may be included as an attachment to this application form and should be labelled clearly for the judges. E.g. Question 3 – evidence provided

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. If you are having issues with the size of your example files, please contact Carol McEwan on info@hma.org.au or call 0438 242 899 to make an alternate arrangement to send your file(s).

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. Environmental impact analysis of your Manufacturing process
  • Identification and measurement of environmental risks and hazards
  • Regular assessment of environmental performance against targets or benchmarks
  • Formal investigations conducted or reports prepared
  • Other assessments or analyses


10 / 50

  1. Controls implemented to reduce environmental impacts
  • Introduction of new or changed manufacturing processes to achieve improvements
  • Use of measurement data to assess impacts and improvements required
  • New procedures developed and workforce training initiatives
  • Other control measures aimed at reducing impacts

10 / 50

  1. Actual environmental improvement (% reduction, efficiency %, mass reduced, etc.)
  • Actual measurement data of improvements achieved
  • Calculated improvements based on changes in process data
  • Measured feedback from customers
  • Other quantified improvements

10 / 50

  1. Management and workforce involvement in environment performance and improvement
  • Methods and level of workforce engagement
  • Level or range of Management support
  • Contributions or initiatives of workforce towards improvements achieved
  • Other workforce participation

10 / 50

  1. Recognition of business environmental performance plus willingness to share improvement process
  • External awards or formal recognitions received
  • Participation in external environmental Programs
  • Community engagement mechanisms
  • Other sharing or promotion processes

5 / 50

  1. Environmental Improvement Systems
  • Adoption of formal or structured programs to support continued environmental improvement
  • Audit processes and Workforce training initiatives
  • Elevating management reporting of environmental performance
  • Other systematic improvement initiatives

5 / 50

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Previous Year's Winner

Environmental Excellence – Liberty

2018 Winner – Liberty

The applicant has established a sound environmental management system engaging both management and the workforce which allows it to identify and make some notable improvements.

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Please Register first before completing your application form. Registration takes 5 minutes and close 30th August 2020.

Follow the below link to start the registration process.

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