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ECOWILL has been endorsed by the European Commission's Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign as an Official Partner.

 

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More about country specific campaigns can be found here.

 

Intelligent Energy Europe

ECODRIVEN is a project supported by the European Commission, Energy Efficiency Programme SAVE.

 

Treatise

Treatise is an EC project operating from January 2005 to June 2007 that provides free training on sustainable transport subjects, primarily for energy and transport professionals. The project covers three areas:

Cleaner Fuels & Vehicles, Mobility Management and Ecodriving.

 

Scandinavian EcoDriving Program

In the beginning of 1990 MOTIVA (Finland) investigated the discharges and consumption car causes. That investigation was the basis for EcoDriving-courses. The first EcoDriving-course was arranged 1997. Now thousands of drivers have taken part in EcoDriving-courses in Finland and in other countries. The average savings in the courses have been 12-15%.

 

Het Nieuwe Rijden

The Dutch programme "The New Driving Force" presents tips for an efficient way to drive. Descriptions include theoretical knowledge about ECO-DRIVING, fuel efficient car equipment and information about car labelling.

 

Shell Fuelstretch

The Shell Company has come up with a new global initiative, FuelStretch, to bring money-saving fuel tips to the company's customers. Information is provided at the central campaign webpage, where visitors can also take a test and play the FuelStretch game to discover and improve their efficiency rating.

 

Driving Skills for Life

Vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of teenagers in America. For that reason in 2003 an initiative called

„Driving Skills for Life" (DSFL) was started to teach newly licensed teens the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what they learn in standard driver education programs.

 

Greener Driving

UNEP runs this campaign jointly with several sponsors from the automotive industry to promote sustainable mobility and explain the Greener Driving style.

 

www.cieca.be
CIECA is the international commission for driver testing authorities, active in the fields of road safety and driver testing.
CIECA members include driver testing authorities from 33 countries worldwide.


Golden Rules of Ecodriving

1. Anticipate Traffic Flow

Read the road as far ahead as possible and anticipate the flow of traffic. Act instead of react – increase your scope of action with an appropriate distance between vehicles to use momentum (an increased safety distance equivalent of about 3 seconds to the car in front optimises the options to balance speed fluctuations in traffic flow – enabling steady driving with constant speed).

 2. Maintain a steady speed at low RPM

Drive smoothly, using the highest possible gear at low RPM.

 3. Shift up early

Shift to higher gear at approximately 2.000 RPM.
Consider the traffic situation, safety needs and vehicle specifics.

 4. Check tyre pressures frequently at least once a month and before driving at high speed

Keep tyres properly inflated as low tyre pressure is a safety risk and wastes fuel. For correct tyre pressure (acc. To loading, highest pressure and speed driven), check with car’s manual. 

 5. Consider any extra energy required costs fuel and money

Use air conditioning and electrical equipment wisely and switch it off if not needed. Electrical energy is converted from extra fuel burnt in a combustion engine, so electrical equipment doesn’t work “for free” – it always costs extra energy and money.

Avoid dead weight and aerodynamic drag.

More detailed information can be found here