Despite the situation being aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this autumn Holding Slovenske Elektrarne (HSE) successfully passed its external evaluations under standard ISO 27001:2013. For the first time in the history of the HSE Group, the mentioned standard and the related information safety management system SUVI were assessed as a whole by using a single methodology for risk assessment and renewed information protection policies. What contributed to the measures demanded by the standard being effectively implemented was the fact that the joint information technology business process ZPP IT sHSE has been fully implemented in the group and that the teams from HSE and DEM independently manage complex information and business solutions and a unified infrastructure. In addition to the group member companies HSE and Dravske Elektrarne Maribor (DEM), which have already been certified under ISO standard 27001:2013, this year’s expanded evaluation was joined by the companies Termoelektrarna Šoštanj (TEŠ) and Soške Elektrarne Nova Gorica (SENG). They successful met the requirements of the standard while referring to the umbrella systemic document at the group level and the existing contracts with which they lease information services from HSE and DEM. What was especially interesting was the latest evaluation of the company SENG, which was fully performed by means of the Microsoft Teams cloud service.

Safe information and communication is high on the list of priorities in HSE and its subsidiaries, which is particularly apparent in the introduction of new information solutions for the digitalisation of key business processes. Investing in the education of employees in information safety is the added value which enables the companies in the group and partners to understand safety today as something completely normal and necessary. With the measures required by the known standards in this field, the management board of HSE effectively manages risks and recognises as priorities those information projects that enable the group to maintain a competitive edge.

In addition to posting electricity production records in the autumn, HSE employees also passed in September, October and November 2020 a regular assessment of the quality management system ISO 9001, a partial renewed assessment of the BS OHSAS 18001 and a transitional assessment of the occupational health and safety management system ISO 45001. We implemented the mentioned standards in all key business processes in the group related to sales and trading in electricity and optimisation and management of production in the HSE Group. This way, the managements of companies have an effective tool at their disposal to monitor business and financial goals and measures which enable the optimal sale and production of electricity. This time, the assessment of the standard for the occupational health and safety management system was transitional, as a changeover was made from BS OHSAS 18001 to the new certificate ISO 45001.

The HSE Group is the largest producer of electricity in Slovenia and, despite the aggravated situation caused by the epidemic, the companies associated in the holding – DEM, SENG and TEŠ – achieved in cooperation with the Premogovnik Velenje coal mine in October 2020 the highest monthly electricity production so far. The 995 GWh of electricity produced in the record month represents 13% of the annual production of the HSE Group.

More information about the certificates obtained by the HSE Group may be found via the following link: