FIA Foundation makes €1 million fuel economy pledge at Paris Climate summit

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GFEI has worked with the French Government to support inclusion of fuel efficiency discussions at the Climate Summit
GFEI has worked with the French Government to support inclusion of fuel efficiency discussions at the Climate Summit
Sheila Watson at a UNFCCC preparatory meeting in Bonn in June 2015
Sheila Watson at a UNFCCC preparatory meeting in Bonn in June 2015
As well as promoting greater fuel efficiency the Foundation will join cycling and pedestrian campaigners to urge support for active mobility
As well as promoting greater fuel efficiency the Foundation will join cycling and pedestrian campaigners to urge support for active mobility

The FIA Foundation is this week announcing a major new commitment to the work of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative as part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) of the UN Climate Change negotiations in Paris.

Whilst the Climate Change talks aim to agree ambitious action between countries to limit global average temperature increases and prevent catastrophic climate impacts the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, which runs alongside the negotiations, is a global showcase of existing good practice in generating real change.

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) will figure extensively in the Action Agenda, showcasing new country engagements, new research and new resources as part of a series of high profile focus days on Transport (on 3rd December) and Energy (7th December). French Environment Minister Segolene Royal has written to the FIA Foundation to officially recognise GFEI as an initiative 'contributing to the momentum of COP 21'.

  • As part of GFEI’s ‘100for50by50’ campaign, 40 countries will join GFEI’s work at the COP, bringing the total with which the initiative engages in vital capacity-building to 65.
  • In addition to the FIA Foundation’s financial pledge, substantial new resources from the European Commission, Global Environment Facility and other GFEI partners totalling around $7 million will also be announced.
  • GFEI is also launching a major new report - ‘State of the World of Fuel Economy: Time for global action’ - which highlights inadequate progress towards the GFEI target of doubling average fuel economy of new vehicles by 2030, and calls for greater commitment towards achieving the goal.

In a packed programme of events, GFEI is taking part in the International Transport Forum’s panel on sustainable mobility on December 2nd, co-hosting an official side event on Saturday 5th December: ‘Pathways to low carbon mobility through local, national, global and industry action’ - in collaboration with CTS Mexico, Clean Air Asia and IPIECA; and chairing a UNEP panel session on energy efficiency on December 7th.

The FIA Foundation is also contributing to Low Carbon Transport Day on Sunday 6th December. Environment & Research Director Sheila Watson, who is also Executive Secretary of GFEI, will contribute to a discussion on reducing vehicle emissions convened by the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E). The Foundation’s Director Saul Billingsley will chair a parallel session on the role of walking and cycling, highlighting the Foundation’s support for the UNEP ‘Share the Road’ initiative supporting policy for non-motorised transport, and future funding to the World Resources Institute /Embarq to enable work with local governments to encourage the introduction of safe and accessible walking and cycling infrastructure in cities around the world, building on WRI’s ‘Cities Safer by Design’ report.

See the GFEI at COP page

For more information, see the COP21 website


FIA Foundation and GFEI events at COP21

The FIA Foundation and GFEI will be showcased in several different events at the COP.

Date and TimeEventLocation*Description
Mon 30 Nov to Fri 11 Dec Sustainable Transport
exhibit with TRF/ITDP
Blue zone,
Le Bourget
Showcasing GFEI's
reports and information
Wed 02 Dec (17:15-18:45) ITF: Mitigating the climate change impacts of urban travel Hall 3, Salle 7:
Blue zone,
Le Bourget
Introduction to GFEI's
'100 for 50 by 50' campaign
Thu 03 Dec (10:15-13:30) Transport LPAA half day Observer Room 12, Blue zone,
Le Bourget
GFEI will highlight the
impact in reducing emissions through fuel economy
policy in Chile
Thu 03 Dec (13:00-15:30) FIA Foundation AGM Intercontinental
Le Grand, Paris
GFEI's work as part of the
FIA Foundation's 'Safe, Clean,
Fair and Green' agenda.
Thu 03 Dec (17:00-23:00) PPMC Clean Mobility
Reception (Invitation only)
  Event hosted by Paris Process
on Mobility and Climate, including major transport initiatives.
Sat 05 Dec (11:30-13:00) GFEI Side Event:
Pathways to Sustainable Mobility through Local, National and Global Action (with Clean Air Asia,
CTS Mexico, IPIECA)
Room 4,
Blue zone,
Le Bourget
GFEI launches new 'Fuel Economy State of the World 2016' report
Sun 06 Dec (09:00-19:00;
side event: 11:30-12:45)
Low Carbon Transport Day International
Union of Railways HQ
GFEI part of side event
on fuel efficiency showcasing fuel economy progress
Sun 06 Dec (11:30-12:45) Transport Day 2015 Break-out Session: People power: Walking and cycling in low-carbon transport systems International 
Union of Railways HQ
This side event will highlight the benefits of walking and cycling and the ways in which organisations are working to promote these, including the FIA Foundation/UNEP's 'Share the Road' initiative.

Mon 07 Dec (10:30-12:00
and 12:15-13:45)

UNEP Energy Efficiency:
The Game Changer
Le Bourget (Climate
Generations Space)
Room 10
(1st half) and
Caring for Climate area (2nd half)
Interview and panel on fuel economy about GFEI's impact
Mon 07 Dec (14:00-15:30) Messages From
Non-State Actors on Sustainable,
Low Carbon Transport
The Netherlands Climate Pavilion:
Blue Zone
GFEI contributing
Mon 07 Dec (15:00-18:15) SE4ALL LPAA Energy Efficiency
half-day
Observer Room 12, Blue zone,
Le Bourget
Announcement of
new GFEI resources and regional impact of GFEI
Tue 08 Dec (14:00-15:30) High Level Zero Emission Vehicle Event
(ZEV Alliance and IEA)
The Netherlands Climate Pavilion: Blue Zone GFEI is signing up to the Electro-Mobility Declaration