Annual report 2012

Environmental activity at Telekom Slovenije

An important new development in 2012 was the kick-off of the project to introduce systematic energy management at Telekom Slovenije in accordance with the requirements of SIST EN ISO 50001 recommendations. The aim of the project is to achieve higher technical and commercial efficiency in energy consumption, which would be reflected in a reduction in consumption and related costs. The comparable experiences of other Slovenian companies that have already implemented the aforementioned recommendation indicate that energy costs can be reduced by at least 5 % in this way. A 3 % reduction in electricity consumption was achieved at Telekom Slovenije in 2012. Measures to reduce consumption continue.

By the end of the year, all planned project activities had been completed and the first round of training carried out:

  • the Group began activities aimed at the energy optimisation of buildings and conducted more than 20 energy reviews (revviews were carried out by external experts at buildings where major works are foreseen);
  • the first Group employee passed the state exam for energy rewiever and producer of energy statements; and
  • a preliminary external audit was conducted.

In line with the objective to optimise costs, a joint audit was conducted of the energy management system and the ISO 14001 environmental management system, as well as the ISO 9001 system at GVO. Recertification of the ISO 14001 system and full certification of the ISO 50001 system, merged in the combined energy and environmental management system, will be carried out in 2013.

The support of Telekom Slovenije’s Management Board for the planning and implementation of measures in the scope of management systems was also reflected in management reviews of the energy and environmental management system. In both reviews, representatives of the Company’s highest management body determined that the achievement of energy and environmental objectives was above average, and issued a number of guidelines for future work. Telekom Slovenije’s Management Board also signed the new and expanded ETNO Corporate Responsibility Charter, which had broad international promotion in Paris in September 2012.

Regular and transparent reporting to the regulatory body and other government authorities (ARSO, SURS, CURS, APEK and ETNO) also represent an important element of the Group’s environmental activities. The Group received no remarks regarding reports submitted in 2012.

During the first half of the year, we received an environmental fine of EUR 2,000, the first of its kind in the past five years. The reason that the document demonstrating our proper conduct was not immediately available lies in the fact that those responsible for the event in question are no longer with the company. The aforementioned event also revealed certain weaknesses in the handover procedure, and with it the associated document management, which the Company will improve in the future. Non-compliances were identified during the autumn inspection by the environmental inspector.

The appropriate dissemination of knowledge and information is crucial for more responsible environmental and energy conduct and thus the more commercially efficient conduct of employees. We were very active in this area, with a total of 1,379 employees participating in the basic training in the areas of safety and work, fire safety and environmental and energy responsibility. Among the developments was the construction of five solar power plants in Ljubljana (three), Koper and Tropovci in the Prekmurje region. Also of importance was the Group’s participation in the European project to design a test eBADGE Smart Grid.