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To promote the development and implementation of fuel economy standards and policies across the globe. .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
  • Submitted by: FIA Foundation
  • Topic: Sustainable transport
  • Keywords: Energy efficiency, transport, vehicles, fuel economy, energy security, cost savings, sustainable mobility, energy savings
  • Location: global
  • Date of completion: 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
To promote the development and implementation of fuel economy standards and policies across the globe.


UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
FIA Foundation
International Energy Agency (IEA)
International Transport Forum of the OECD (ITF)
International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)

Description/achievement of initiative

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative signatories will work to secure real improvements in fuel economy across the world. It has set itself three key challenges over the next three years, as well as outlining more specific targets as part of its roadmap for achieving them. For example, to have engaged a further four countries in the in-country policy support toolkit work with which it is already working in Chile, Ethiopia, Kenya and Indonesia. Through this sort of activity GFEI aims to secure a 50% improvement in the fuel economy of all new cars by 2030.

Implementation methodologies

The GFEI is working with government regulators and their partners worldwide to help them to develop measures to improve automotive fuel economy. The GFEI will continue to focus on three key areas of work policy support, outreach and research and analysis. GFEI partners support countries that account for more than 85 percent of present new vehicle sales as well as emerging countries that are experiencing rapidly rising car sales. Assistance includes the online GFEI Tool that was designed to answer basic questions about what auto fuel economy is, what governments are doing to reduce emissions, the role of technology, and how policy makers can start to promote cleaner, more efficient cars. Technical assistance also includes simulation modeling forecasts on the cost and feasibility of energy efficiency technologies. GFEI will also seek to improve global understanding of fuel economy through research, data development and modeling, in particular to help individual countries and regions to develop policy which is best suited to them. GFEI will also continue to raise awareness of the issue of fuel economy, to interact with global and regional policy development processes, and to develop working partnerships with other key stakeholders to promote this agenda also.

Deliverable Date
Increased global awareness of fuel economy 2015
A working fleet projection model for each country 2015
Upwards of 20 countries engaged in fuel economy toolkit work 2015
Type Details
Financing (in USD) $1,000,000
Other, please specify The five signatories to this voluntary commitment will contribute substantial in-kind support to these activities including staff time, office facilities and other resources.The signatories to this voluntary commitment are extremely well-informed on the i
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