Global Fuel Economy Initiative

 100 countries for 50 by 50


The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) assists governments and transport stakeholders to improve vehicle efficiency to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.


GFEI aims to double the average fuel economy of new light-duty vehicles globally by 2030, and all vehicles by 2050. For Heavy Duty Vehicles, our target is a 35% improvement in efficiency by 2035.

  • At COP21, GFEI launched ‘100 for 50 by 50’ to encourage new countries to commit to GFEI’s fuel economy improvement goals.
  • At COP22, GFEI announced a new commitment to regional capacity building, including a major African fuel economy conference.
  • At COP23, GFEI set out the importance of improving the fuel economy of Heavy Duty Vehicles, as well as Electric Vehicles.
  • GFEI continues to report country progress in implementing fuel economy policies
Partners and Signatories

There are six GFEI partner organizations (FIA Foundation, UN Environment, the International Energy Agency (EA), International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), ITF, and University of California, Davis), regional implementing partners, and the 65 countries where GFEI provides practical support.

Relevance to advance the Paris Agreement goals

GFEI has continued to support countries to develop and implement fuel economy policies to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles.  Around new countries joined, making 70 countries that GFEI that have committed to working with GFEI. In addition GFEI also provides supports to G20 markets.

Activities of the Initiative

Outreach and coalition building:

  • GFEI has worked closely with Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) this year to highlight the potential of fuel economy policies to improve energy efficiency, cutting energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. This includes events around the High Level Political Forum in New York in July, including a new film and high level reception with representatives of the Jamaican government.
  • GFEI has also supported the G20 Transport Task Group in Argentina.

Capacity building:

  • GFEI has continued in-country training and support, including holding workshops in Nepal, Moldova, Togo, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Montenegro, Peru, South Africa, Liberia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Ghana
  • In addition, GFEI has held regional training events Asia and Africa in 2018.

Knowledge development:

  • GFEI launched a new working paper (WP18) focusing on the potential of electric vehicles to improve vehicle efficiency. Working Paper 17 examines how changes in vehicle size is affecting fuel economy.

Policy-making and implementations:

  • GFEI supports policy development across the countries it supports. This year Montenegro has implemented a new fuel economy policy label, Ukraine has announced new vehicle efficiency policy promoting electric vehicles. GFEI has also inputted into policy processes in the EU, US and Australia.

Monitoring and reporting:

  • GFEI provides regular updates on progress on its website (and on Twitter), including a comprehensive progress report, ‘GFEI: Delivering Climate Action’

Initiative Website:

Latest news updates:

Latest research:

State of the World report

Focal point

Sheila Watson, Global Fuel Economy Initiative,