There can be no doubt about the scale of the global challenge of tackling man-made climate change and, in particular, the role played by transport. With a global car fleet predicted to triple by 2050 and with a global economy facing huge difficulties, we have to find ways to reconcile legitimate aspirations for mobility with an ambitious reduction in CO2 emissions from cars worldwide, and global economic recovery. Maximising fuel efficiency in the on-road fleet is essential to this, with experts suggesting that just by using the existing cost effective technologies in all vehicles we could halve CO2 emissions from the global car fleet by 2050.
The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) exists to assist governments and transport stakeholders promote greater fuel economy. Using the skills and expertise of the GFEI partners (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), the GFEI Toolkit team are able to establish a baseline in each country; present policy options and case studies; and enable all stakeholders to engage in the policy process. Countries such as Indonesia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Chile are already taking part in this policy development process, and we want to share their experiences with others.
We also work in global policy processes - such as the UNFCCC, G20 and Post 2015 framework – to promote fuel economy as part of energy efficiency, whilst backing-up this advocacy and capacity building with cutting edge research.
This timeline picks out a number of key events since GFEI was established in 2009, including major reports, political commitments, and new policies and standards to improve fuel economy.
The 3 core activities of the GFEI are: