The transport sector contributes one quarter of energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions. This is rising faster than any other sector, and with the number of vehicles on the planet forecast to triple by 2050, policies for demand management and for greater fuel efficiency are a priority.
The FIA Foundation hosts and coordinates the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, a major multi-agency response to climate change, with a goal to improve average fuel efficiency in new cars by 50% by 2030.
There can be no doubt about the scale of the global challenge of tackling man-made climate change and, in particular, the role played by transport. With a global car fleet predicted to triple by 2050 - over 80% of that in the developing world -- we have to find a way to reconcile legitimate aspirations for mobility and an ambitious reduction in CO2 from cars worldwide.
A move across the global fleet towards far better fuel economy, at a scale which is already technically achievable, could save over 6 billion barrels of oil per year by 2050, and close to half of CO2 emissions from cars, as well as generate significant local air pollution benefits - and all using existing, cost-effective technologies.
To support governments, industry and consumers in realising the benefits of greater fuel efficiency, the FIA Foundation hosts and coordinates the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, a partnership with the International Energy Agency, the International Transport Forum, the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Council on Clean Transportation and University of California, Davis.