New, green machinery helps agricultural cooperative improve business results.
Thanks to GEFF Leasing, a Serbian agricultural cooperative will reduce its CO2 emissions and fuel and energy consumption, thus reducing its environmental impact and increasing efficiency.
Company: The agricultural cooperative Graničar was founded in 1990. Today Graničar possesses 2,300 ha of arable land in the Srem District of Vojvodina, an area known for its fertile soil. The cooperative predominately grows apples, corn, soybeans, sugar beets, oilseed rape, and oilseed sunflower.
An essential element of Graničar’s business strategy is to continually invest in modern and efficient equipment and machinery, to improve the quality of its products and boost its competitiveness, while reducing its impact on the environment. Graničar approached UniCredit Leasing Serbia, a Partner Financial Institution of GEFF Serbia Leasing. The cooperative selected four Basak tractors from the EBRD’s Green Technology Selector. These efficient tractors use significantly less fuel, thus lowering Graničar‘s fuel costs and simultaneously reducing emissions.
The GEFF team assessed the potential of energy savings and financial-technical parameters of the project.
The four new Basak tractors reduce CO2 emissions by 62 tonnes per year. This investment reduces primary energy consumption (diesel fuel) by 256 MWh, thus saving to the cooperative €20,400 annually.
“For efficient agricultural production, it is imperative to modernize equipment and machinery fleet regularly. At Graničar, we follow this principle and in 2020, we invested €1 million for this purpose. Next year we plan to construct a cold storage system, to expand our apple export business to Russia and other markets,” said Janjko Nikolić, a director of Graničar cooperative.
Nikolić also emphasized that companies and farmers must do their best to reduce their environmental impact to achieve sustainable agricultural production. That is why investments in more environmentally-friendly equipment and machines, as well as responsible management of the land are at the forefront of Graničar’s priority list.
The Green Economy Financing Facility Serbia Leasing (GEFF Serbia Leasing) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and is supported by the Green Climate Fund and the Government of Luxembourg.
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