Eco-driving course, Basque Country, Spain

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Eco-Driving means smarter and more fuel-efficient driving and it represents a new driving culture that makes best use of advanced vehicle technologies, while improving road safety. Courses given by experienced professionals on efficient driving for cars and industrial vehicles for encouragement of energy efficiency in the transport sector. Basic courses last for 3 hours and consist in a practical class on a car followed by a theoretical one on good practices for efficient. Finally, the car is taken again to put into practice what have been learned and to make measurements of consumption, speeds, and other indicators. Furthermore, it is intended that the course attendees understand the technical basis which justify the efficient driving.

Results and impacts

Start Date: 2010
End Date: 2012

Cumulative investment made by stakeholders in sustainable energy: 1185 kEuro (395 kEuro/year).

Energy savings: 7880 MWh/year.

Reductions of greenhouse gas emissions: 2339 t CO2e/year.

It is estimated that reductions in fuel consumption of around 15% can be achieved, compared to conventional driving.

In 2011, 1700 people were formed in efficient driving, of which 460 were in commercial vehicles, buses and trucks.

The courses raise awareness on the importance of efficient driving. These people are expected to become, in turn, disseminators of the acquired knowledge by extending the efficient driving to a greater part of the population.

Aims and objectives of this sustainable energy action

The objective of the organization of Eco-Driving courses is to push forward a new style for vehicle driving, obtaining reductions in fuel consumption up to 15% compared to conventional driving and to increase the awareness about the importance of saving energy, by making a good campaign of advertising and imparting the courses among the greatest possible number of people.

Efficient driving has several advantages: less stress and greater comfort for the driver, lower risk and severity of accidents, cost savings because of the lower fuel consumption, lower costs of maintenance and longer life of the vehicle, reduction of environmental pollution and noise, reduction of CO2 emissions and energy savings at national level (balance of payments and external dependency).

Technical and financial implementation

The courses are taught by the regional energy agency-EVE through the driving schools which are joined to the initiative. These driving schools will receive a sum of money for each student who receives the free course.

To carry out this action a good campaign of advertising has been produced and the courses have been imparted among the greatest possible number of people.

Lessons learnt

Success factors:
- The curses are given by experience professionals with an in-depth knowledge of efficient driving, with the collaboration of the Association of Driving Schools.
- Support is provided to people and companies applying for the course: free courses, applicants can choose the date and the time of course...

Barriers:

- The difficulty in checking the quality of the courses imparted by driving school teachers.
- The difficulty to change driving habits.
- Difficulty in achieving that some city councils cooperate.

How this action could be replicated

This good practice is fully replicable in any region with an association of driving schools capable of carrying out the logistics of the delivery of courses and trainers.
To carry out this initiative may be necessary to organize courses for the trainers themselves, because in many cases there are no qualified personnel in this subject.

The fuel saving is saving money, and it is a factor of motivation for companies and people in general.

Partners

The action is part of the IDAE-EVE agreement on energy efficiency in transport within the Action Plan of 2011. Local councils are responsible for offering courses and the National Association of Driving Schools-CNAE which will be responsible for providing them, although the funding will be from EVE. Courses are organized for different profiles: citizens, administrations and service companies, transport fleets, taxi drivers and public transport drivers. Also, training is provided to driving teachers.

Contact details

Ente Vasco de la Energía - EVE
Alameda de Urquijo, 36 - 1º. 48011, BILBAO
T: (34) 944 035 600

Álvaro Pérez de Laborda; alaborda@eve.es

Further information

www.eve.es

www.cnae.com