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The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI)

Comprised of four organizations – the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Transport Forum (ITF), and the FIA Foundation – the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) works to promote automotive fuel efficiency worldwide. 
The overall GFEI objective is to double the efficiency of the world’s light duty vehicle fleet from the current average of 8L/100 km to 4L/100 km by 2050, as an integral contribution to a low carbon economy and greener transport systems. The improved fuel efficiency will: (i) avoid CO2 emissions of 1 gigatonne CO2/ year by 2030 and 2 gigatonnes/ yr by 2050; (ii) reduce urban air pollution, especially small particulate (PM) emissions; (iii) reduce black carbon emissions, of which transport is a major source; (iv) reduce the overall cost of transport for consumers, and (v) reduce oil dependence and improve energy security for countries.
The '50 by 50' Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) Report demonstrates how substantial annual savings in terms of barrels of oil and gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent are possible through an ambitious worldwide programme. The report sets out analysis which shows how a reduction in fuel consumption per kilometer of 50% by 2050 - with intermediate goals in 2020 and 2030 – is achievable through wider user of existing, cost-effective incremental fuel economy technologies, such as better engines and drive systems, more efficient components (such as tyres), and lighter materials etc.
Priorities for the Initiative are:
  • Data development and analysis with regard the current situation on fuel economy around the world.
  •  Working with governments to develop sound policies to encourage fuel economy improvement for vehicles produced and/or sold in their respective countries.
  •  Working with stakeholders (such as auto makers) to better understand the potential for fuel economy improvement and solicit their support.
  • Supporting awareness initiatives to provide consumers and decision makers with information on available options.
Launches have already been organised in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. The initiative will be presented at a series of high-level events around the world. Four pilot projects (Chile, Kenya, Indonesia and Ethiopia) have also been initiated. More information can be found on the GFEI website (www.globalfueleconomy.org).