United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
International Transport Forum (ITF)
International Energy Agency (IEA)
International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS)
Global Environmental Facility
Objective & Description
The Global Fuel Economy Initiative and the Sustainable Development Agenda
Energy is at the heart of Sustainable Development; and the manner in which we collectively manage energy development over the coming decade will largely determine the future we will have. The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) promotes fuel efficiency in cars and light duty vans, through the adoption of the cost effective fuel efficiency
The importance of energy in the use of future Sustainable Development Goals, has been emphasized also in the recent
report on the future sustainable development agenda from high level panel, set up by the UN Secretary General.
The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative has taken up the challenge and provides a rallying point for partners to take action in priority areas, so called High Impact Opportunities, to make good on delivery of the three objectives:
• Universal access to modern energy services;
• Double the share of renewable energy;
• Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
GFEI is a High Impact Opportunity within SE4ALL and as such is ‘building strong partnerships, encouraging common
action, and forging lasting commitments’, and ‘will drive positive outcomes in extending and enhancing access to, and
implementation of, sustainable energy’.
The potential Global benefits of improving fuel economy
Strong fuel economy improvements could yield a 50% reduction in fuel use per kilometre for new cars by 2030, and save drivers an estimated $ 2 Trillion by 2025, with much more thereafter. The IEA estimated that global adoption of the wider Avoid-Shift-Improve policies in the development of transport infrastructure would realize a USD$ 30 trillion in savings in vehicle and fuel expenditures and a USD$ 20 trillion in infrastructure savings giving a net savings of USD$ 50 trillion by 2050.
These resources could have a hugely beneficial impact elsewhere – particularly in countries facing wider development challenges. They could also pay many times over for the subsidies which new mobility technologies – such as Electric Vehicles – may need, in order to secure market strength.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer