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Ecodriving principles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Miloš Veverka   

What is ecodriving?IMG 7259 VyrezZm

It is possible to save up to 20 % of fuel consumption by energy-efficient driving. This saves
your money, as well as the environment. However, ecodriving is a broader term. It begins with
the choice of an appropriate means of transport, continues through choosing the right car at
acquisition, energy-efficient driving, smart use of air-conditioning, and ends with environmentally friendly car washing. Ecodriving is the approach, which reduces detrimental effects of driving or mobility on the environment.

Before you start the engine

Before you get into a car, think about other ways of transport that could be better. An alternative could be faster than a car, mainly during rush traffic hours. Up to 1 km prefer walking, to 10 km prefer biking or city transport. Up to 100 km use public transport or car, up to 1000 km travel by train. Travelling by train or public transport for long distances has a lot of advantages – it is quick, safe and you do not have to drive. You can work on your laptop, read a book, watch countryside or just relax. Nowadays it is a standard that european high-speed trains (TGV, ICE, RAILJET, etc.) exceed the speed of 200 km per hour.

If we need to use a car, we do not have to own it

Car-sharing means to have an available car, but not to own it. This decreases the number of cars in the cities. More information you can find in the Technical report. Car-sharing is widespread in Germany and in Western Europe countries.

Carpooling means sharing of car journeys, so that more than one person travels in a car. It is cheaper and environmentally more friendly than the case when everybody drives their own car. Another benefit is connecting of people and helping each other.


 Choose the right car

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:51
Demonstration Drives of Ecodriving PDF Print E-mail
Written by Miloš Veverka   

IMG 7182zm webFrom 22nd to 25th July 2014, a civic association CEPTA in cooperation with a certified instructor of energy-efficient driving and with a team of researchers from the Czech Republic gave a demonstration of ecodriving techniques on a bus, a lorry, a van and cars within a project Clean Air. 

At first, drivers took a route in their own routine way of driving. After training and ecodriving principles explanation, they had a possibility to practise ecodriving when taking the same route with the instructor Mr Jiří Čumpelík.


Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 16:28
Pripomienky o.z. CEPTA k návrhu zákona o odpadoch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Miloš Veverka   

11.04.2014 MŽP zverejnilo návrh zákona o odpadoch, ktorý je možné pripomienkovať v rámci medzirezortného pripomienkového konania do 06.05.2014.

O. z. CEPTA má k návrhu zákona o odpadoch pripomienky podrobne popísané v priloženom dokumente.

Miss Slovakia 2014 gets involved in activities for cleaner air in Slovakia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Miloš Veverka   

altAir protection is supported also by Miss Slovakia 2014, Laura Longauerová from Detva, who is actively involved in environmental protection activities, e.g. ecodriving promotion. She explains: “We should not live just for the present, it is necessary to take care of the environment, where also our children are supposed to live. Ecodriving is one of the activities how everyone of us can contribute to the protection of air, climate and can reduce fuel consumption of their car.

Civic association CEPTA organized a press conference in Bratislava on 2nd June 2014, where the following items were presented:

1. ecodriving - content and principles,

2. ecodriving logo,

3. requirements of CEPTA on the EU Environment Council in Luxembourg on 12th June 2014.

More information you can find in an attached press release, in a letter to the Minister of Environment and in requirements of CEPTA below (in Slovak only).

Photographs from the press conference can be seen here.

Video recording from the Environment Council meeting in Luxembourg on 12th June 2014 can be seen here. The Slovak Republic was represented by the state secretary Ján Ilavský (see recording from 1:42:00 to 1:44:30). We regret that the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic lacks an ambition of principal modernisation of medium combustion plants, for which the EU funds can be used. In the requirements presented on behalf of the Slovak Republic (keeping of status quo untill lifetime of present devices, moderation of limits for district heating, for various kinds of fuel and for devices that heat less than 2000 hours a year) a significant and measurable state improvement is blocked for dozens of years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:45
Clean Air for Cities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Daniel Lešinský   

Clean AirKlíma bez sadzíExperts from 11 countries of the European Union participated on the international conference Clean Air for Cities organized by a civic association CEPTA in Bratislava from 19thto 20th February 2014. The experts shared their experience and looked for the solutions in the sphere of air pollution. The conference was held under the patronage of the Bratislava mayor Milán nik. The representants of the European Commission, the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, as well as independent experts presented their contributions. The main message of the conference was the confirmation of the bad air quality not only in Slovakia and presentation of the solutions. Every year 5,800 Slovak inhabitants die prematurely due to fine particle matters PM2,5. It is 20-times more than number of traffic accident victims. The solutions known from other EU countries can be funded by the structural funds 2014-2020 that are set at present. It depends on the Slovak Republic if our country takes advantage of this possibility and thus achieves the air quality improvement, minimally to the level of the EU limits by the year 2020.

The programme and presentations from all the sections of the conference can be found attached. Photos from the conference here, from the press conference here.

As well, you can find in attachment the publication from model city: Clean Air Copenhagen, successful practice in fulfilling the Air Quality Directive.  Publication is showing, how to get cleaner air in cities by low emission zones, congestion charge and bicyclists.

For those, who are interested in legal aspects of air quality protection in EU we recomend to visit the Clean Air legal website (of DUH): where you can find different usefull info-sources to solve air pollution by legal way.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:10
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