The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Marrakech from 7-18 November 2016. COP 22 marked the first Conference after the Paris Agreement, which was agreed at COP21 last year, and entered into force on 4 November. 

In Paris countries agreed to take action to 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, and forms part of many countries’ national commitments. Marrakech is an opportunity to reiterate these commitments and share stories of progress.

GFEI will be sharing an update of the progress in the past year – including a new update report which sets out our activities in the past year, including the 40 new countries that we are working with through our ‘100 for 50by50’ campaign.


At COP22 GFEI will be participating in the following events:

Friday 11 November – Thematic Energy day

11:30 - 13:00

Transport side event
Transforming Ambition into Local Action: NDC Implementation towards sustainable, low carbon mobility


Event Summary

Saturday 12 November - Thematic Transport day

10:00 -12.30

Transport Thematic Action Event
Showcase session

SLoCaT PPMC, France, Morocco

Cabinet Secretary of MOE, Kenya speaking for GFEI - slot tbc

Event Summary

14.30 - 16.00


Boosting sustainable mobility in Europe, Asia and Latin America with city-to-city cooperation

Event Summary

Sunday 13 November - PPMC Transport Day

9:00 - 18:00

Transport Day

Breakout Session 1, session 1D - Fuel Economy

Breakout Session 2:  on Transport/Energy Nexus - COP 22:  Electric Mobility and the Energy-Transport Nexus: Identifying strategic partnership for clean, efficient mobility"


Sheila Watson
Lew Fulton

Sheila Watson

Event summary

18:00 - 22:00

Climate Group dinner
Scaling the Green Economy, unlocking energy productivity

Climate Group

Event Summary

Monday 14 November

09:00 - 18:30

EU Energy Day

17:00-18:30 Session on Energy for Islands - Mauritius focus

Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

Event Summary

16:00 - 18:30

CCAC High level assembly


Event Summary


The GFEI has a track record of ambitious action in reducing emissions. Funding from the EC, GEF, UNEP and FIA Foundation enables us to provide ongoing support to many countries as they develop fuel economy policies.

The GFEI is an ‘Accelerator’ initiative of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), a UN initiative which promotes renewable energy, improved energy access, and energy efficiency. SE4ALL recognises fuel economy as a ‘high impact opportunity’. GFEI is also an implementing agency of the G20’s energy efficiency in transport workstream which was recently reaffirmed at the G20’s Energy Ministerial in Turkey.

GFEI is included as part of the transport and energy efficiency initiatives in the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA). It is also part of the Clean Air and Climate Coalition (CCAC), the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate, organised by SLoCaT and Michelin. GFEI was part of the Global Climate Action Agenda, and is featured prominently in the summary conclusions.

GFEI's Climate Message

GFEI's latest film makes a strong case for global action on fuel economy.

GFEI promotes the benefits of improved fuel economy. The benefits are many, not least of which are the huge carbon savings which achieving the GFEI targets would bring. With up to 33 gigatonnes up for grabs - as well as gains in energy security, resource waste and even air quality, this film lays out the strong rational for action on fuel economy now.

GFEI COP22 Update


GFEI’s new ‘COP22 update’ shares progress made since the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris. In particular, it showcases the extensive activities and action that GFEI has catalysed through its ‘100 for 50by50’ initiative. This has led to 40 new countries joining our work, taking the number to 67. It also includes a focus on Africa with a detailed look at the over 20 African countries that GFEI is now working with to support new fuel economy policies to help cut vehicle emissions.

Download GFEI's new 'COP22 update' here

‘100 for 50 by 50’


To mark COP21, GFEI announced 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:

  • Global commitment – to publically support the GFEI’s target to double fuel economy of the global passenger vehicle fleet by 2050, and for new passenger vehicles by 2030.
  • Domestic commitment to develop and adopt national policies to improve fuel economy for new passenger vehicles, consistent with GFEI targets, recognising that each country starts from its own baseline.
  • Resources and engagement commitment to actively contribute to the efforts of the GFEI, which could include:
    • Sending representatives to the annual GFEI training summit
    • Dedicating staff time to develop fuel economy database and policies, in collaboration with GFEI partner organisations
    • Engaging in regional initiatives on fuel economy as appropriate, and provide technical or financial support to these efforts as available