08 Mar 2010 03:03:07
Low carbon driving skills could save up to 3m tonnes of emissions
A new government scheme to train lorry drivers in eco-driving techniques could result in savings of up to three million tonnes of carbon over five years.
Eco-driving skills could become mandatory under new government proposals to reduce carbon emissions from the freight sector.
The plans would mean that drivers are tested on energy-efficient driving techniques, as part of their EU Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, which is compulsory for all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers.
According to Department of Transport estimates, eco-driver training could result in savings of up to three million tonnes of CO2 over five years.
Minister Paul Clark said: "We are absolutely committed to reducing emissions from across the transport sector. Given that 20 percent of all transport emissions come from road freight, these drivers must be a priority.
"With initiatives like this I am confident we will succeed in creating a greener and cleaner industry fit to meet the environmental challenges we face."
A consultation of approximately 16 weeks will aim to enable at least 90 percent of lorry drivers to take up eco-driver training. The government also plans to extend take-up through promoting the schemes.
Overall, transport accounts for a quarter of man-made greenhouse gas emissions from the UK.http://tinyurl.com/yjwdz79