United Kingdom
Mobility - Transport

Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI)

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) works to secure real improvements in fuel economy, and the maximum deployment of vehicle efficiency technologies across the world.

An initiative of FIA Foundation

Overview of the project

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) was set up in 2009 to work with governments and other organisations to support improvements in the average fuel economy of new vehicles.


It does this through:

  • high-level awareness raising
  • research
  • practical support for policy makers around the world.

After starting with four pilot countries, GFEI is now providing support to over 65 countries around the world.

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative promotes the introduction of cleaner, more energy efficient vehicles in developing and transitional countries.

While most developed countries have auto fuel efficiency policies in place, very few developing and emerging economies have formally adopted such standards. The objective of the GFEI is to help stabilize greenhouse gas emissions from the global light duty vehicle fleet through a 50 per cent improvement of vehicle fuel efficiency worldwide by 2050.


The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) works to secure real improvements in fuel economy, and the maximum deployment of vehicle efficiency technologies across the world.

Level of progress


Project timeline


Quantitative results

GFEI’s latest analysis, published in January 2017 for the years 2005-2015 indicates that on average global fuel economy improved by 1.5% a year – from an average fuel economy of 8.8 litres of gasoline equivalent per 100km travelled in 2005, to 7.6 litres in 2015 – saving fuel, and reducing carbon emissions.

This has saved 1.5 EJ per year, equivalent to the total energy use of Italy – compared with a scenario of no fuel economy improvements in new vehicles since 2005.

Qualitative results

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative provides capacity building support to countries – so that almost fifty countries have now completed a ‘baseline’ analysis of the average vehicle fuel economy in their countries, with over twenty already completing policy recommendations or proposals.

GFEI also produces research papers, provides training and facilitates policy discussions.


The project was supported by funding from the European Commission, GEF, and the FIA Foundation.

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About the

FIA Foundation

Sheila Watson
Deputy direcctor, FIA Foundation

FIA Foundation. The FIA Foundation is an independent UK registered charity which supports an international programme of activities promoting :

  • road safety
  • the environment
  • sustainable mobility

as well as funding motor sport safety research.

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A project
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  • International Energy Agency (IEA)

    Research and innovation

  • UN Environment

    Non-governmental organisation, association

    Rob de Jong
  • International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)

    Reseach and innovation

    Lew Fulton
  • International Transport Forum (ITF)

    Research and innovation

    Stephen Perkins

Climate Chance

Postal adress
2 rue du Fret, 75018 Paris

Registered adress
21 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011 Paris

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Conception & réalisation :
Yann Rolland
Thibaut Caroli

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