Dáil Éireann - Volume 615 - 01 March, 2006
Written Answers. - Energy Resources.
Mr. Carey Mr. Carey
 158. Mr. Carey asked the Minister for Transport the measures car drivers can take to reduce fuel consumption while idling in traffic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8429/06]
Mr. Cullen Mr. Cullen
Mr. Cullen: My Department supports a policy of seeking to reduce emissions and, therefore, fuel consumption in the transport sector. The significant investment provided for under Transport 21 will improve public transport and reduce road congestion, providing car drivers with alternative transport options and more free flowing traffic conditions.
With regard to the specific measures that drivers can take to reduce fuel consumption, Sustainable Energy Ireland, SEI, has developed a range of motoring tips for improving fuel efficiency, including advice on action to take while idling in traffic. These are available on its website www.sei.ie. SEI operates under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
SEI estimates that adopting an energy aware driving style, or “eco-driving”, can save approximately 13% on fuel consumption, delivering environmental and financial gains for motorists. In recognition of this potential, my Department will be seeking to promote wider application of eco-driving techniques, including through specific initiatives in the public transport, road haulage and taxi sectors as part of Transport 21.
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