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Foto: Eko Step Pellet

Pellet produced in the Eco Step Pellet factory has a low emission of CO2 gases, contains a minimum of moisture, and the ash during combustion is below 1.2 percent, which is at the level of the European standard A2, with a tendency towards A1. At the same time, it is produced from raw materials of 100 percent of domestic origin, from beech from strictly controlled sources. Due to the high quality, they are the bearers of the Čuvarkuć trademark, which should be one of the biggest recommendations to customers.

However, given the large black market and the import of uncertified pellets at a lower price, domestic pellet producers have found themselves in big trouble. We asked Jadranka Stepanović, the owner of Eko Step Pellet, who does not give up environmental standards in business, how the state can help solve this problem and how to encourage citizens to switch from coal, oil or wood to pellet boilers. as the owner of the Ramonda Hotel on Rtnje.

EP: What is the importance of pellets for environmental protection and energy efficiency?

Jadranka Stepanović: Our orientation towards environmental protection is unquestionable. Eco Step Pellet is an excellent example of using biomass as an energy source and pellet production with the application of the highest environmental standards. We produce pellets from beech firewood, without the addition of other wood and impurities, which makes it one of the high-calorie and high-quality environmental energy sources. The pellet produced in this factory has a low emission of CO2 gases, contains a minimum of moisture, and the ash during combustion is below 1.2 percent. Pellets are produced from raw materials of 100 percent domestic origin. What is important for the protection of the environment, primarily forest capacities, is the fact that Eco Step Pellet has signed a ten-year contract with JP Srbijasume, and the letter for the production of our pellets is procured only from strictly controlled sources. The beech that arrives at our factory is a systematically cut tree, so that the forests in Serbia can be constantly renewed by afforestation, ie by planting new shoots.

EP: What is the capacity of the factory in Petrovac na Mlavi? How many people do you employ?

Jadranka Stepanović: The installed capacities of the production line are 5 tons of pellets per hour, and the potential of the factory can reach 35,000 tons annually. The factory employs 43 hardworking and motivated people, who make up the Eco Step Pellet family. We are especially proud of our five colleagues, who, in cooperation with other colleagues, are doing everything to refute stereotypes related to gender equality. We are all one big-small team, ready for serious challenges and successes.

EP: What challenges and problems are pellet producers facing this year?

Foto: Eko Step Pellet

Jadranka Stepanović: What is currently the biggest problem in pellet production is the major disruption in the electricity market in Serbia, but also in the whole of Europe. Namely, the price of kilowatts of electricity has jumped sharply in the last few months, and thus caused an increase in the production price of raw materials that we use for the production of pellets. Increasing the price of raw materials means the price of wood assortments (in our case, beech), foil for sacks and stretch foil. I would just like to add that we support the proposal of Marko Čadež, President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, that the Agreements we have with EPS supply continue to be valid at previously agreed prices for another 120 days, until we see the situation on the European and world markets! That would be a lifeline for the industry as well as for the end users of pellets! Another problem is the fact that, although the construction of solar power plants and wind farms is expanding, their electricity production still cannot meet the great demands of the market. In the long run, strengthening the EU’s capacity for renewable energy is likely to help the bloc meet demand for clean and cheap energy sources. But due to the marginal market system and until large batteries for storage of renewable energy are developed when the weather conditions are unfavorable, EU countries will continue to face similar situations. Another problem for pellet producers is the black market of pellets as well as the import of uncertified pellets. The low price of pellets from unverified producers causes distrust in domestic pellet producers. The low price of pellets does not guarantee both the quality and the fuel power of the same. Furthermore, the purchase of uncertified pellets causes customers problems with the pellet stoves they use. Eco Step Pellet, as the holder of the Best of Serbia 2019 awards and the Čuvarkuća trademark, guarantees the quality of the pellets it produces, and customers can certainly have full confidence in the price-quality ratio.

Interview conducted by: Danijela Isailović

You can read the full text in the Magazine of the Energy Portal RECYCLING.


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