Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) promotes fuel efficiency in cars and light duty vans, through the adoption of the cost effective fuel efficiency technologies.GFEI has set a target of improving the average fuel economy (in litres/100km terms) for the global light duty vehicle fleet by at least 50% by 2050 (what we call ‘50by50’) and by 2030 for new vehicles. These fuel efficiency gains would save 33Gt of CO2 by 2050 and $2 trillion by 2025, money which could be used to support the transition to electric vehicles.

Implementation methodologies

GFEI offers support to governments to help them develop fuel economy policies. This includes support to undertake a baseline analysis of the vehicle fleet, to develop fuel economy policy options and to implement proposals.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

GFEI has developed an 'autotool', which provides a useful resource to share experiences: In addition, GFEI carries out national workshops with key stakeholders, and regional and global training and networking events to share experiences and pass on knowledge.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The FIA Foundation hosts the secretariat, and UNEP co-ordinates in-country support for GFEI countries projects. In addition, other partners actively support research and analysis and provide advice and support for governments wanting to implement fuel economy policies.


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
FIA Foundation
International Transport Forum (ITF)
International Energy Agency (IEA)
International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) , University of California, Davis

Supported by:

Global Environmental Facility
European Union
Double average fuel economy of new vehicles globally
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 7
7.3 - By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
Goal 13
13.2 - Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
Staff / Technical expertise
Partner time and expertise
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