GREEN-MINDED manufacturers in Hong Kong are vying for an award that evaluates their efforts to protect the environment. Thirteen companies applied for this year's Hong Kong Awards for Industry in the environmental performance category, but only eight were eligible. 'The objective is to promote a wider appreciation of the environment and to appreciate manufacturers who have shown good environmental performance,' said Cecilia Choi, an environmental consultant with the Centre of Environmental Technology (CET). The CET and the Private Sector Committee on the Environment (PSCE) have been organising the award category since it was added to the scheme in 1992. One award - the 1995 Hong Kong Award for Industry: Environmental Performance - will be given, but only if they find a deserving company. Organisers will also award as many PSCE Environmental Performance Awards and Certificates of Merit in Environmental Performance as they see fit. A panel of six judges will make the decisions later this week. Members of the panel include CET, PSCE, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Industry Department, Environmental Protection Department and a dean from the City University's School of Graduate Studies. The category is open to manufacturers or service enterprises directly related to manufacturing, and who have been operating in Hong Kong in the past year. Judges will look at compliance with environmental legislation, reducing, reusing or recycling of resources, and control of polluting emissions. 'We will also see whether they have tried to minimise pollutants generated from their manufacturing process,' Ms Choi said. Audits of participating companies will be examined to ascertain the commitment of top management and to find out about training for employees. In addition, the panel will look at the benefits to the whole community. To stimulate interest in this category, Ms Choi contacted numerous companies and invited them to enter. 'Some think they are not confident enough to enter,' she said. 'They said they need more time to comply with legislation. They promised they would enter next year. 'This is encouraging. I hope we have more than 15 applications next year, or maybe 20.' Last year's Governor's Award for Industry: Environmental Performance was won by ACL Electronics (HK), a circuit board manufacturer. One Environmental Performance Award and two Certificates of Merit in Environmental Performance were also awarded last year.