FIA Foundation Activities Global Road Safety and the Environment Presentation by David Ward Director General of the FIA Foundation Annual General Meeting, Paris, November 6 th 2008. Vehicle Emission Standards Are Making Cars Greener. Cleaner Cars Need Greener Fuels
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Global Road Safety
and the Environment
Presentation by David Ward
Director General of the FIA Foundation
Annual General Meeting, Paris, November 6th 2008
To reduce automobile toxic emissions it is not enough to rely only on cleaner engine technologies. It is also vital to ensure that cleaner fuels are used so that the vehicle as a total system can reduce its toxic emissions.
For example catalyst systems greatly reduce toxic emissions but require both unleaded and low sulphur fuel. Global fuel sulphur levels of less than 50ppm is vital to make cars greener. The FIA Foundation is proud to support the global campaigns of UNEP’s Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles to achieve a total ban on unleaded fuel and progress towards worldwide use of low sulphur fuels
In May the FIA Foundation
hosted jointly with the IEA, UNEP
and the International Transport
Forum a seminar in Paris on global
fuel economy issues.
The IEA’s Executive Director, Nobuo
Tanaka presented the 2008 ETP which
assumes that new LDVs can become 50% more efficient by 2030 (fuel use halved, moving from 8 L/100 km to 4) at low or possibly negative cost.
The Foundation, IEA, ITF and UNEP are now exploring further global co-operation to promote best practice in automotive fuel economy policies and programmes.
Notes: opt = optimistic, pes = pessimistic; based on $60/bbl oil and undiscounted vehicle and fuel costs.
ESC installation rates in Victoria 2005-2007
The Make Roads Safe campaign is launched to obtain
over 1 million signatures to be presented to the
UN Secretary General in 2008. The petition campaign is
launched by Michael Schumacher during the first UN
Global Road Safety Week in April 2007.
Campaign events are held in London, Geneva, Berlin, Cape
Town, Paris, St Petersburg, Kampala, and New York.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is joined by President Oscar Arias,
and former President Jimmy Carter as three Nobel prize
winners backing the campaign. Other supporters include the
former Irish President Mary Robinson, musicians, footballers
and the film actress Michelle Yeoh.
The target to reach one million signatures
is reached with major contributions from
Clubs especially Austria, Costa Rica, Croatia,
Egypt, Italy, India, Japan, Serbia, Jamaica
and the Philippines.
More than 140 organisations worldwide
have supported the campaign.
In March Lord Robertson presents the UN
Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, with
In March the UN General Assembly debates road
safety and Lord Robertson, Ambassador Al Hinai,
Karla Gonzalez, and General Kyrianov all contribute.
Resolution 62/244 drafted by the Sultanate of Oman
is unanimously approved which welcomes the offer
by the Russian Federation to host the “first high level
(ministerial) conference on road safety”.
An open letter from Archbishop Tutu, President Oscar
Arias, Jimmy Carter and others is published and a post
debate briefing held including the campaign’s global
Ambassador Michelle Yeoh.
Conference at the EBRD
In July the Foundation co-hosted with the EBRD a
major conference on road infrastructure safety. The
meeting brought together the major lending banks,
UN regional commissions etc. to discuss the potential
of road design to contribute to injury prevention.
The World Bank Global Road Safety Facility also hosted
a meeting of the development banks to explore the
scope of harmonizing their approach to the design and
safety assessment of road projects that they finance.
Building on programmes now
running in Australia, Europe, and
the USA, iRAP provides the public
and road authorities with safety
assessments that include risk
mapping, star rating, and performance
Transparency through publication of
maps identifying most improved and
most dangerous roads is a key feature of iRAPs approach.
Results of the Phase 1 show
very promising casualty