RDP project database
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.
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.
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.
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Final beneficiary type
€20 000 - €99 999
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