PepsiCo in Serbia: green ventures on the way to a sustainable future

12/20/2023   •   Customer news
PepsiCo in Serbia: green ventures on the way to a sustainable future
The company PepsiCo has set ambitious, but achievable goals in Serbia and on a global level regarding the complete transition to renewable energy sources, and in accordance with them developed significant projects in the local markets in which the company operates. 
Milan Pasula, director of the supply chain for Southern and Central European countries at the company PepsiCo, spoke to the Energetski portal about the company's energy projects in Serbia, recycling projects, the results achieved within the wastewater factory, and the reduction of CO2 emissions. 

Read the entire interview below. 

What are the most significant energy projects of PepsiCo in Serbia in 2023? 

In 2023, one of the key energy projects we implemented in Serbia was the installation of a 0.5MW solar power plant within our production facilities in Maglić, in the municipality of Bački Petrovac. As part of our global Pepsico Positive (pep+) strategic transformation that places sustainability and human capital at the center of growth and value creation, this initiative represents the first phase of our plan to "green" electrify this plant. PepsiCo is permanently committed to the green transition, and this is how we create new opportunities within our business that encourage positive change for the planet and people, and we plan to continue investing in this segment in the coming years, with a focus on expanding the areas covered by solar panels and increasing their capacities. In addition, we are currently investigating the possibility of installing a biogas reactor, which would allow us to produce natural gas from bio-waste. 

Each of these projects forms an important part of our global goal and path to sustainable development, which is, among other things, the use of 100 percent renewable energy sources in our operations by 2030 and additionally in all our franchise and third-party operations by 2040. Responsible business is at the center of our corporate values, and therefore we strive to reach zero net emissions even before the set deadlines and additionally encourage the initiation of a positive value chain. 

To what extent are recycling projects implemented within the PepsiCo operations in Serbia? 

Reducing waste, in all its forms and throughout our value chain, is a strategic imperative for PepsiCo and is one of the key principles of our pep+ transformation. Not only does it benefit our business by reducing costs and raising efficiency levels, but it also contributes to the overall progress and awareness of the community, engaging it by demonstrating good practice. I can proudly say that as a company we are fully committed to achieving the highest levels of recycling and that currently in Serbia, through regular waste disposal processes, we successfully recycle 96.2 percent of the total waste generated. 

We are aware of the importance of sustainable resource management, and we make efforts to achieve zero waste emissions and support responsible behavior towards the environment. One such action that we carried out in Serbia this year is illustrated by our initiative "Plus for the planet - change starts with you", with which we wanted to draw attention to the adequate disposal of plastic packaging and the importance of each individual contribution within the circular economy, and from the perspective of the path to a sustainable future. 

What results were recorded within the wastewater factory and were there any significant developments during the previous year? 

Our factory in Maglić is one of the most modern PepsiCo factories in Europe, in terms of the level of equipment both for production needs and for taking care of residues and side effects of the production process. Through the wastewater treatment plant, we see the importance of the environmental sustainability of the factory's work and a rounded cycle, without impacting the environment. This cycle implies that the total amount of captured water used in the production process is further purified and then returned to nature. In addition to this rounded cycle of water use and its return to nature, and in order to reduce the work of the water purification and capture plant itself, the percentage of recycled water in the production process has also been increased. 

What does PepsiCo in Serbia see as the main driver of reducing CO2 emissions? 

PepsiCo's global pep+ strategy sets a goal of net zero CO2 emissions throughout our supply chain by 2040. In order to achieve this goal together globally, the key activities we carry out in our production facilities are related to the improvement of technologies. We invested in new burners, which contributed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 10 to seven percent. Also, in the supply chain, we centralized deliveries to specific customers, optimized the distribution network, and explored possibilities for localization of raw materials, thereby reducing mileage through smart software for routing and distribution. 

On a daily level, we introduce innovations in our business, which help us contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the local environment, while also contributing to PepsiCo's ambitious global goals.