GFEI report sets out blueprint for 50% fuel improvement by 2050
Worldwide, the car fleet is set to triple by 2050, with serious implications for the global effort to address climate change unless reducing transport emissions and improving fuel economy become an urgent global priority, warns the GFEI.
However, according to the "50 by 50" report commissioned by the GFEI finds that new car fuel consumption can be improved by 50% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels for OECD countries using existing technologies and, in many cases, average new car fuel economy could be improved to close to 4l/100 km. This corresponds to reducing CO2 emissions from gasoline vehicles from 186g/km on average to 93g/km.
The GFEI, which is a partnership of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Energy Agency (IEA), International Transport Forum (ITF) and FIA Foundation, has outlined the actions that need to be taken to achieve this objective:
• Governments must create the conditions for industry to deliver the maximum from technological innovation, whilst fiscal instruments need to be coherent and consistent with targets;
• Countries which have not done so should launch national fuel economy initiatives, whilst around the world binding fuel economy targets must be set;
• Manufacturers must set fuel economy as a top priority, and be ambitious in negotiating long-term fuel economy targets with government.
The report says that it is vital to create a regulatory and fiscal environment that encourages manufacturers to use technology to improve fuel economy rather than for enhanced performance and heavier vehicles. In addition, countries must start developing national fuel economy initiatives – the GFEI says it's working with regions and countries around the world to move forward in this respect.
David Ward, FIA Foundation director general, said: 'It is clear that the 50% global fuel economy target is achievable on a worldwide basis. But to achieve it we need global action now so that we can see significant cuts in fuel consumption for new cars during this decade and the next.'