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At the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, it was agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action by all Parties and non-Party stakeholders is urgently required if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be achieved.

In decision 1/CP.21, the commitments from all actors are recognized, including those launched through the Lima–Paris Action Agenda, as well as the urgent need to scale up the global response to climate change and support greater ambition from governments.

At COP 22 in Marrakech, a High-Level Event on Accelerating Climate Action was held to highlight outcomes from the Action Events throughout the conference and culminated with the launching of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action; a new framework to catalyse and support climate action.

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Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI)

Double vehicle fuel efficiency globally by 2050

List of participants will be added in due course

Lead Organisations

FIA Foundation (hosts secretariat)


GFEI’s short term objective is to increase the number of countries committing to action on fuel economy. We are working with new countries that have committed to working with GFEI, and starting to develop country plans and support them to engage key stakeholders. We also have a pipeline of countries that are currently developing policies, and our objective for these is for these to be implemented. There are also new countries who have indicated that they would like to work with us, which we would like to add if new funding can be found.

GFEI’s long term goal is to double average fuel economy by 2050, and by 2030 for new vehicles. Our objectives for 2020 are that countries are on target to achieve this, both in terms of current reductions, but also in terms of future policy frameworks and trajectories.

Roadmap and work plan

GFEI’s roadmap includes working with countries to support the implementation of fuel economy policies, and their further development. GFEI does this through global and regional engagement, such as through the G20 and regional groups such as ASEAN, as well as working closely with national stakeholders in country. GFEI supports countries to develop a baseline analysis of their own vehicle fleet and to develop appropriate policy options to improve vehicle fuel economy in response. GFEI will be holding further workshops and meetings to develop these further, and work with stakeholders in different countries to prepare for implementation.


GFEI started in 2009 with four pilot countries. By COP21, the number had reached 26. At COP21 GFEI was able to announce the engagement of a further 40 new countries.

Throughout 2016 GFEI has begun to support some of the countries which joined our work at COP21, whilst also continuing to highlight the importance of fuel economy for tackling climate change. The issues which GFEI addresses have been presented to key audiences at major conferences in Australia, the US, Germany, Brazil, the UK and Korea, as well as many regional and in-country workshops and training events.

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative held its largest ever global training and networking event in Paris on 9-10th June 2016. Over 70 participants attended from around fifty countries including many new countries that made commitments to improving fuel economy as part of the COP21 climate agreement. The event was hugely successful and an unrivalled opportunity for participants to learn from GFEI world-leading experts, as well as exchange lessons learned and build momentum to implement new fuel economy policies. The event brought together participants from all around the world, including G20 countries such as Canada, France, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia, as well as developing countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, Panama, Malaysia and Vietnam. The training included expert input and analysis on a range of topics, including an introduction to fuel economy concepts, in-depth training on fuel economy trends and developing country baselines to assess progress and inform cost-benefit analysis of different options.

GFEI has held workshops this year in Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Malaysia, the Philippines, Peru, Jamaica, Macedonia with events planned in Liberia, Ghana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi amongst others.

Quantitative Impact




GFEI’s latest analysis suggests that average vehicle fuel economy has improved from 8.8 Lge/100km in 2005 to 7.8Lge/100km in 2013. GFEI will continue to track this globally with the latest data as it becomes available.




Sheila Watson, Executive Secretary, GFEI , 60 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DS, United Kingdom

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