By Oliver Hall
An ambitious goal to halve greenhouse gas emissions is attainable simply by using existing, cost effective technologies such as more efficient tyres and better engines, according to a new report.
Better engines and drive trains, more efficient components, such as tyres, and lighter materials could all be brought into play to support the agenda for greater global fuel economy, says the ‘50 by 50’ Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI).
The UN and International Energy Agency are among the big-hitters who have joined forces to unveil the roadmap outlining how fuel efficiency for cars could be doubled by 2050 through the adoption of an ambitious worldwide programme.
With car ownership set to triple during this period, potentially leading to a worrying rise in global emissions, the GFEI report claims annual savings of 2 gigatonnes of CO2 are possible during the next 40 years, equivalent to half the EU’s combined emissions.
It says these saving could be achieved using existing, affordable technology such as better engines and drive trains, more efficient tyres and lighter materials.he lives of billions of people.
The organisations behind the initiative now hope to work with the car industry and other key players to implement its recommendations.
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP executive director said: “The crucial UN climate convention meeting, taking place in some 300 days in Copenhagen must agree a deep, decisive and comprehensive deal to lift the threat of global warming from t
“Transport is a crucial sector in this transformation to a low carbon, green economy.
“The world’s car fleet is expected to triple by 2050 with 80 per cent of this growth in developing economies. Thus an initiative like GEFI has a key role to play.
“We would urge the world’s car and component makers to get on board to prove that they too are part of the solution.”