By teaching employees to drive more energy efficiently, fuel consumption can be reduced by 15-20%, with every litre of diesel saved meaning 2.5 kg less carbon dioxide is emitted. This is equivalent to an annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 2,000 tonnes. A change in driving style also results in reduced emissions of nitric oxide and particulate matter.
Ecodriving involves equipment drivers planning their driving in order to predict various situations and in doing so avoid unnecessary stoppages. An even speed is the most important feature in saving fuel.
All newly employed port workers undergo training in Ecodriving and new vehicles are equipped with onboard computers to measure fuel consumption. In time, all port workers will take a course in Ecodriving. At present three work teams are currently being trained in this method.
Apart from the environmental benefits, Ecodriving results in a better working environment for the equipment drivers and those around them, in the form of reduced noise and stress. There is also less wear and tear on the equipment. And according the Port management, contrary to popular belief Ecodriving doesn’t mean that the work takes longer to perform.