We face a near tripling of the number of cars on the planet from 2010 to 2050, the vast bulk in emerging economies. Improved fuel economy is essential if we are to address some of the negative implications of this growth, such as pollution, congestion, energy and resource depletion, and environmental damage.
The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) is a partnership of the International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Transport Forum of the OECD (ITF), International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Davis, and the FIA Foundation, which works to secure real improvements in fuel economy, and the maximum deployment of existing fuel economy technologies in vehicles across the world. The Initiative promotes these objectives through shared analysis, advocacy, and through the Cleaner, More Efficient Vehicles Tool for in-country policy support.
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is being held in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015.
The event - which takes place over several weeks - is a gathering of ministerial representatives of countries from all parts of the world, to achieve a new international agreement to keep global warming below 2 degrees centigrade in 2050 (compared with the climate of the pre-industrial era in 1850). Improved vehicle fuel economy is vital for mitigating the impact of climate change as part of package of measures to reduce carbon emissions from transport.
To mark COP21, GFEI is announcing ambitious action to improve fuel economy globally – our ‘100 for 50 by 50’ campaign. We are using the vital political momentum of the SDG, G20 and COP processes to get 100 countries to commit to our goals of an average 50% improvement in the fuel economy of all vehicles by 2050. Our research shows that this is possible using existing cost-effective technologies. Countries committing to this are expressing: