Key environmental indicators at other Telekom Slovenije Group companies

The parent company provides the majority of energy and environmental services for companies in Slovenia in operational terms, but subsidiaries are also taking greater responsibility for their own environmental impacts. GVO transports teams to and from Germany by bus. Electricity consumption for all functional open broadband network (OBN) locations is monitored comprehensively on a monthly basis, with an established objective of reducing consumption by 3% in the period 2013 to 2015.

Due to its social and environmental importance, Soline remains a symbol of the Telekom Slovenije Group’s sustained awareness, and is therefore presented in more detail below.

Soline

Under a concession agreement concluded with the Republic of Slovenia, Soline manages the Sečovlje Saltpans Regional Park. The Sečovlje Saltpans Regional Park is on the list of Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, and is part of the EU’s Natura 2000 ecological network. The saltpan ecosystem is specific to the coastal wetlands. All land and other real estate within the park, covers 750 hectares, are owned by the government.97

The salt production does not produce any environmentally harmful by-products, as the entire process relies on traditional, 700 year-old processes, and is based entirely on components from the local environment. The use of the civil works and traffic infrastructure is kept to a minimum.

Invasive exotic species have not been introduced to the saltpans due to the production process. Research confirms that the presence and number of such species are not yet so high as to have significant consequences for ecosystems or communities. Soline continues to produce salt using traditional processes, as the latter are crucial for maintaining the cultural landscape and biodiversity. The number of species in the Sečovlje Saltpans Regional Park has not fallen over the last ten years; on the contrary, we have recorded continuous growth in populations. Additional measures aimed at the state of the hydrological regime have led to an increase in the number of natural habitats for which halophilus plants are characteristic. No major changes in ecological processes were seen in 2014.

Key administrative objectives for the period 2011 to 2021 were set out in the plan for managing the Sečovlje Saltpans Regional Park adopted by the Slovenian government. They include the preservation of the wetland characteristics of the saltpan ecosystem, its biodiversity and the economic and cultural values of the region.98 These objective are achieved by:

  • maintaining the saltpan ecosystem;
  • preserving traditional salt production processes and centuries-old technological processes; and
  • continuing the production of salt, which has been the driving force behind the economic development of the region for ages.

The local community is included in the management of the park through its participation in the Sečovlje Saltpans Regional Park Committee. This cooperation is also ensured through the organisation of joint events and on-site presentations.

There are no endangered species from the IUCN’s global list of endangered species present in the Sečovlje Saltpans Regional Park.99 Around 20 bird species, two species of fish, four amphibious species and one reptilian species are included in the annexes to the EU’s Bird and Habitat Directive. At least 45 plants are included on the national list of endangered plant species. The region is one of two that are of national importance to the migration of birds according to the EU’s Bird Directive. Many more species are included on national lists of endangered groups and species.

Electric-powered vehicles were introduced in 2013 for the transportation of employees and the limited movements of visitors. Only emergency vehicles, basic maintenance vehicles and certain department-specific vehicles are allowed to enter the park. The use of cars and buses in the park by visitors is no longer permitted. This measure has led to an annual reduction in CO2 emissions in the park of more than 9 tonnes. Similar limitations apply to the southern part of the park (Fontanigge). The purchase of a common vehicle for the aforementioned area via European funding has been postponed until next year.100

We strive to continuously improve energy efficiency. The consumption of electricity was reduced by 20% through changes in the regime for managing cooling and heating devices in visitor buildings. The Group consumed 347.39 MWh of electricity in 2014 (415.66 MWh in 2013) and 4,413 m3 of natural gas (3,545 m3 in 2013). We estimate that the use of videoconferencing and mobile telephones reduced work-related travel in terms of international cooperation in the area of park management by 20% to 30% in 2014. The car fleet at Soline used 51,057 litres of fuel (58,504 litres in 2013). 101

Companies in South-Eastern Europe102

The countries of South-Eastern Europe are also gradually tightening environmental and energy standards. This principle is being followed by Telekom Slovenije Group companies which, in line with the strategic policy of sustainable operations, are gradually implementing principles of responsible environmental and energy management. With the help of environmental and energy bookkeeping and accounting, companies in South-Eastern Europe monitor indicators regarding the consumption of electricity, refined petroleum products, heating and municipal services, which for the moment are only monitored in terms of costs.

Changing costs in this segment can be attributed in part to an improved monitoring system and in part to growth in the scope of operations. The higher proportion accounted for by fuels is the result of less stable electricity supply on certain markets. For example, Ipko uses generators to produce electricity in the event of outages. Nevertheless, fuel costs were down everywhere relative to the previous year. If energy costs are normalised per EUR 1,000 of revenue generated, the energy efficiency of companies in Macedonia and Kosovo is lower than the parent company, while Blicnet remains the most energy efficient company.

Costs of electricity at companies in South-Eastern Europe

v EUR 2014 2013 2012 Ind.
14/13
One 1.575.621 1.778.315 1.288.020 89
Ipko 1.209.181 1.094.843 1.045.748 110
Blicnet  98.542 80.482 69.070 122

Costs of fuel at companies in South-Eastern Europe

v EUR 2014 2013 2012 Ind.
14/13
One 340.528 376.741 275.583 90
Ipko 393.964 413.041 687.755 95
Blicnet  51.140 53.365 43.232 96

 

Sources: internal information systems of companies

Responsibility for quality systems

In addition to internal assessments and management reviews, external assessments are a key mechanism in the independent verification of and constant improvements to quality management systems. The Group passed external assessments for all previously obtained certificates in 2014. Worthy of special note was the accreditation of the energy management system (control over periodic assessment by Slovenian Accreditation Institute), where we were the only company in Slovenia to be accredited without instances of non-compliance.

We successfully completed the certification of the information security management system (compliance with the requirements of SIST ISO/IEC 27001 for processes focused on external customers) and upgraded the business continuity management system for key technological processes in accordance with the requirements of SIST EN ISO 22301. An independent external assessment of the latter is planned for 2015. Of importance at subsidiaries was the certification of the environmental management system in accordance with the requirements of ISD 14001 at the Macedonian company One.

The Archives of the Republic of Slovenia certified the Company’s internal rules. This ensures that Telekom Slovenije’s internal rules are in line with the Act Governing the Protection of Documentary and Archive Materials, and Archives (ZVDAGA) and the provisions of other laws and implementing regulations relating to the retention of documentary materials in physical and electronic form.

An overview of quality management systems at Telekom Slovenije and within the Telekom Slovenije Group as at 31 December 2014 are presented in the figure and table below.

The figure illustrates management systems at the parent company. White indicates those systems for which an independent external assessment and certification have been carried out. Light blue denotes systems for which certain activities were carried out, but not an independent external assessment of the functioning of the system in terms of quality.

Quality management systems at Telekom Slovenije

Energetski in okoljski stroški Telekoma Slovenije

Note:
ETNO CORE document – Telekom Slovenije has been a signatory of the aforementioned document since 2000 (when it was still an environmental protection document), and has been a signatory of the current document on corporate responsibility since January 2012. See section 1.14 Corporate governance statement for a description of EFQM activities at Telekom Slovenije.

Quality management systems at other Telekom Slovenije Group companies

  GVO
ISO 9001 Quality management system
ISO 14001 Environmental management system
  Avtenta
ISO 9001 Quality management system
ISO/IEC 27001 Information security management system
  One
ISO 9001 Quality management system 
ISO/IEC 27001 Environmental management system
ISO/IEC 20000 ICT service management system
ISO/IEC 27001 Information security management system

 

 

97 GRI G4-EN11
98 GRI G4-DMA
99 GRI G4-EN14
100 GRI G4-EN19
101 GRI G4-EN3
102 GRI G4-EN3