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GFEI Report Reviews Efforts on Fuel Economy Improvement Targets

19 March 2013: A report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) for the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) indicates the global fuel economy improvement rate for light duty vehicles is lower than the rate needed to reach the long-term GFEI target. The report, titled “International comparison of light-duty vehicle fuel economy: An update using 2010 and 2011 new registration data,” updates data from the first edition which used data from 2005 to 2008.

The report finds that average fuel economy needs to improve globally to 3% per year from 2012 to 2030 in order to reach the overall GFEI target of cutting vehicle fuel consumption by a global average of 50% (compared with 2005) by 2030. The report also notes the lack of progress among non-OECD countries, and recommends more ambitious fuel economy policies in these countries in order to anticipate the expected rise in vehicle sales. The report identifies that promising fuel economy standards have been adopted in major markets of the OECD, which has the potential to ensure significant progress in coming years.

The GFEI is a partnership of international agencies and research bodies which includes International Transport Forum (ITF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Council on Clean Transportation, the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, and the FIA Foundation. [GFEI press release[Publication: International comparison of light-duty vehicle fuel economy: An update using 2010 and 2011 new registration data] [First Edition of GFEI Report]