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Baza danych projektów PROW

Promoting Energy Efficiency on the Farm ('Eco-Driving in Agriculture')


A vocational training project in Sweden that used EAFRD support to highlight and promote the energy efficient "eco-driving" of farm machinery as a simple step towards improving farm profitability and encouraging climate action at farm-level.



Between 10-15% of fuel can be saved through so-called “eco-driving” of tractors, combine harvesters or other farm vehicles. Improvements in driving style, such as regularly checking and changing tyre pressures according to the load on the tractor and prevailing field conditions, has benefits for both the environment and farm profitability.


The overall aim of the project is to create the motivation and knowledge for most farmers using tractors and other diesel vehicles to drive in a more “climate smart” way. This has started with the development of a training package for trainers in the Swedish county of Jönköping.

Main activities

Activities began with the collection and documentation of available knowledge and experience on the theme of eco-driving in agriculture. This was then applied to development of a professional 'training-of-trainers' course in the "economical driving" of agricultural machinery. At least ten instructors (including two women) will be trained who will later lead farm level training courses throughout Sweden. The project concludes with some local pilot training activities for tractor drivers.

Results & Benefits

A complete training package has been developed and training has been completed with 10 prospective instructors. Test training is conducted at four sites in the country with a total of 30 participants. All key stakeholders in farmers' education and training in Sweden are behind the project.

Lessons learnt

The overall goal for the training is that it will contribute to the agricultural industry reducing emissions by 10-15 percent in 15 years. Agriculture in Sweden would thus be able to save 60-70 million euro per year. The project has shown that the test training has gone well, which has developed opportunities to conduct training in more places.

Project location and other information

The project started in Jönköping County, but will carry out training throughout Sweden.


Jönköpings län

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

49 000

EAFRD contribution (€)

23 000

National contribution (€)

23 000

Private contribution (€)

3 000

Contact name

Sören Dahl


+46 363 42379

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

€20 000 - €99 999

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Promoting knowledge and improving human potential
• 111. Vocational training and information actions


Advisory service, Agricultural pollution, Climate action, Environmental education, Farm skills

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