Conference on ecodriving, transport and air in Banská Bystrica on 10th September 2015 Print
Written by Miloš Veverka   

DSC 0070 Web-miniConference “Ecodriving for cleaner air not only in Slovakia” was organised by a civic association CEPTA as a final event of the project Clean Air, focused on ecodriving support in the Slovak Republic. The conference was attended by experts, instructors, as well as delegates from three ministries: Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic and Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic. The problem of transport and polluted air is related to all three ministries. Presentations of the participants are attached below this article.

At the beginning of the conference, the concept of ecodriving was presented. M. Veverka (CEPTA) explained its principles and rules and J. Čumpelík (, experienced and successful ecodriving instructor showed its hidden potential and possibilities especially for fleet companies. After thorough implementation of ecodriving, annual savings of million Czech crowns are not exceptional. However, it is necessary to keep in mind right communication, drivers' motivation and their life-long learning of drivers.   

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The first Slovak ecodriving instructors, who passed the exams and obtained ecodriving certificate during the CEPTA courses within the project Clean Air, were introduced during the conference. The instructors are licensed to teach ecodriving and energy efficient driving in driving schools and fleet companies. A complete list of certified ecodriving instructors can be found on Ecodriving Portal.

As emerged from a lecture of K. Jankovičová (Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic), transport is a serious problem in Slovakia from the viewpoint of air pollution, because it is a source of 50 % NOx. There are also other road pollutants, e.g. carcinogenic ultrafine particles PM etc. Due to a passed amendment of law on air, it will be possible to create low emission zones within Slovak municipalities, similarly like in Germany.

P. Škyrta (Denkstatt) focused on energy audit that concerns all big companies and will become compulsory from 5th December 2015. Energy audit also includes means of transport, their procurement, transport plan or ecodriving. He presented examples from abroad, e.g. from Austria, where the companies motivate financially their managers to the use of cost-saving cars or the use of public transport.

P. Lenďák (S-EKA) talked about technical and emission state of cars in Slovakia, as well as about problems connected with emission controls. He mentioned damaging of diesel particulate filters (DPF), emission failure rate of individual car brands sold in Slovakia, and also national limits for the EURO 6 emission standards.

M. Troška (Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic and BECEP – Road safety department) concentrated on prepared changes in legislation concerning driving schools and focused on the support of energy efficient driving in the drivers' education, but also on the need to expand children’ education in the area of road safety (e. g. by traffic playgrounds). J. Dudák and M. Merica (Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic) presented valid legislation of the Ministry, which deals with the control of energy efficient driving education in driving schools - Reg. 9/2009, § 21. They also explained mobile technical controls on roads, including emission controls (approximately 20,000 emission controls are performed in Slovakia every year).   
In the afternoon, D. Tichý (Autoškola klub, CZ) gave a presentation about the experience in ecodriving in the driving school with couching support. Subsequently D. Lešinský (CEPTA) presented ecodriving certification system consisting of the certification at the level of a person (driver, instructor, manager) and at the level of a company (driving school, training company, fleet company).
Experts on the efficiency, economic driving and personal development in a fleet company J. Stehlík and P. Baxa (La Garde, CZ) and P. Michalička  (Helicar, CZ) presented their experience. There were also experts on development of telematics when monitoring the use of vehicles - J. Pavlů (Partner mb., CZ) or optimising engine performance by chipping to reduce consumption and emission - J. Čmiel (Xtuning, CZ). Here it is important to combine technical solution with ecodriving training, because only in that case it is possible to achieve optimal results, e.g. more than 15% fuel savings. 

At the end of the conference an interesting panel discussion, concerning telematics and engine chipping, took place.DSC 0594 Web-Mini

The photos from the conference are HERE.

Presentations of the participants (in Slovak or Czech only) are attached below.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:50