• New global plan to save oil carbon emissions

                May 18, 2012
                by Angela Faloppa

                Smog in Beijing (Copyright Guardian)

                The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) has launched a new three-year campaign that aims to overcome the remaining challenges associated with improving the fuel economy of vehicles around the world.

                The GFEI is a group of organisations united by a common goal of promoting greater fuel efficiency. Its ultimate aim is to halve carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and achieve annual savings of six billion barrels of oil a year by this date.

                Objectives of the campaign range from completing in-country assessments of relevant policies in Chile, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Kenya by the end of 2012 to developing new outreach materials for governments and industry.

                “The International Energy Agency forecasts that fuel demand and CO2 emissions in the transport sector around the world could double between 2010 and 2050, if strong measures are not taken to put matters on a different course,” the GFEI’s Plan of Action 2012-2015 states. “This is a highly unsustainable trend for both energy security and climate-related reasons.”

                The group achieved numerous objectives during its first three years, from 2009-2012, including engaging in fuel economy policy making efforts around the world.

                The initiative’s new workplan for 2013-15 lays out the challenges which still remain on fuel economy, and outlines the Initiative’s planned response to those challenges. The GFEI will continue focus on three key areas of work – policy support, outreach and research and analysis.

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