The cars we drive - especially traditional combustion engines – put a massive burden on our environment, through toxic emissions and increased CO2 production. Reducing the amount of fuel vehicles use through effective and targeted fuel economy policies makes for a more sustainable, cleaner world.
GFEI is a global partnership of expert groups which have come together to support governments around the world to set policies for cleaner and more efficient vehicles.
GFEI works towards its goal of a more efficient global fleet through three key activities. We undertake research, undertake global advocacy, and support countries as they seek policy solutions.
Each of these elements is interconnected – our research underpins the technical advice we can offer, and our network of GFEI countries are advocates for the importance of the issue.
Around 70 countries have developed fuel economy policies with our support. We take an evidence-based approach, working with policymakers and stakeholders to understand the issues each country faces and to establish a national fuel economy baseline. Then we use our global toolkit of policy options to explore the appropriate policy options to make vehicle fleets more fuel efficient.
At a global and regional level, GFEI continues to make the case for improved fuel economy using both research and in-country experience. Our global network also provides the opportunity to share and learn from countries’ experiences and learnings through regular training events and workshops.
GFEI aims to improve the fuel economy of all road vehicles.
This includes passenger cars and light vans (known as light duty vehicles or LDVs) as well as lorries and trucks (known as heavy duty vehicles or HDVs). The Initiative also works across all energy types, including internal combustion engines, hybrids engines, and electric vehicles.
The initiative is global, with a focus on developed and developing markets.
GFEI works with local experts to develop tailored policy options for each country, based on assessments of the vehicle fleet and national context.
Policy-makers need an understanding of their country’s ‘baseline’; the average fuel economy of all vehicles currently in use, and other key factors, such as dominant fuel types and the proportion of new or used vehicles. GFEI supports countries to establish this.
Workshops with key national and regional vehicle policy stakeholders are held to share key findings and explore the most effective policy options. GFEI has developed a number of tools to help countries understand the potential impact of fuel economy policies.
Jamaica has been working with GFEI to develop fuel economy policy proposals. In this film, government officials and GFEI partners explain the importance of fuel economy and the steps they have taken.