In March 2013 the National Energy Council (CNE) of El Salvador imparted a training session on improved driving techniques for defensive driving and fuel-savings. Through two days of intensive practical training, CNE assessed and reoriented the motor vehicle operation skills of eight government institutions. Participating agencies included the Ministry of Finance, Economy, Environment and Natural Resources, Interior, Labor, Agriculture, Education, and the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety. By imparting this training, the Government of El Salvador looks forward to achieving greater fuel efficiency in its vehicle fleet, as well as improving driver safety and curb CO2 emissions.
Studies have shown that the largest contributor to transport fuel conservation is the driver and that speed is a major factor in fuel consumption and vehicle efficiency. As fuel costs rise, modifying driver behavior through improved driving techniques has proved to be the most effective way for governments to reduce fuel expenses while providing quality services to their citizens. The decision to improve driving techniques is a direct result of a technical exchange mission on efficient driving for government employees carried out by the ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group.
In September 2012, the Energy Efficiency Working Group organized a technical exchange mission where Salvadorian government officials from CNE travelled to Mexico City to be trained on safe and fuel-efficient motor vehicle operation. Training materials and practical courses were developed by the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE). The technical exchange mission was instrumental in responding to an executive mandate of the Government of El Salvador, aimed at reducing public expenditure by enhancing fuel efficiency in government vehicles used for official purposes. CNE requested the support of the Energy Efficiency Working Group to implement this mandate.