2015 is a key year for the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI). The on-going Post-2015, G20 and COP21 processes all reflect the importance of the issue of fuel economy in terms of sustainable development, climate mitigation, and economic prosperity. They all offer opportunities to secure the sort of political attention for the issue which could ensure that action to end this global waste of energy resources is scaled up.
GFEI has developed the ‘100 countries for 50by50’ campaign in order to influence these agendas. The aim is to secure the engagement of 100 key countries and stakeholders in a commitment to the GFEI target of 50by50. In joining GFEI in this work, countries will be committing not only to work on fuel economy towards the 50 per cent reduction on average, but to seek to do their part towards achieving this target by 2050 – hence 50by50.
Our own data shows that the world is not on a path to achieve this target yet – particularly in those countries where the huge future growth in vehicle ownership is likely to be focused. By supporting the improvements in fuel economy which GFEI promotes, and which are based on existing cost-effective technologies, and can deliver huge carbon and energy savings, these ‘100 countries for 50by50’ supporters will be helping to put the world on a path to more sustainable mobility.
The Leipzig summit described ways in which you and your organisation or country can play a part in this global pledge to improve fuel economy. It was also an opportunity to hear about the latest GFEI status report on fuel economy trends, and our plans for future work on EVs. For details of these, and more, visit their website detailed below.
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May 27, 2015 - June 27, 2015
Hall 5, Level +1, Congress Centre Leipzig
Sheila Watson, FIA Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org