Auto Fuel Efficiency Programme in Montenegro

Auto Fuel Efficiency Programme in Montenegro

Source of funding

United Nations

Name of client/donor

UNEP Division for Technology, Industry and Economics

Overall project value

EUR 27,972


September 2011 – July 2012

Beneficiary countries


Number of staff


Through the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, and in collaboration with REC Montenegro, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) successfully promoted the use of cleaner fuels in Montenegro. The country became part of the UNEP-sponsored Southeast Europe Subregional Working Group on Fuels and Vehicles. With the adoption of more advanced fuel standards, and as an EU candidate country, the opportunity arose to pursue the adoption of EU-compliant auto fuel economy standards and instruments nationally. The project was implemented in the framework of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI), of which UNEP is a founding partner.

The project aimed to catalyse a larger Montenegrin effort to address auto fuel economy in the country, thereby contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from the auto sector and capitalising on recent fuel quality improvements in order to promote the adoption of cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicle technology.

Through its support to the national working group and the calculation of a national baseline, the project promoted efforts to improve auto fuel economy. Within the project, the GFEI provided support to:

  • construct a national multi-sectoral working group to develop national strategies to improve auto fuel economy;
  • calculate a national road transport emissions baseline;
  • develop a national plan to support the implementation of auto fuel economy improvements; and
  • provide trainings on available policy instruments used worldwide.
  • Identifying relevant Montenegrin institutions and focal points in the private and civil society sectors.
  • Holding four national working sessions (roughly every two months) as well as numerous meetings with stakeholder representatives.
  • Engaging expertise for data gathering and analysis of the years 2005 to 2008, resulting in a national database/spreadsheet.
  • Identifying local experts to work in conjunction with the national working group and the GFEI to develop recommendations and next steps in the process of harmonisation with EU standards and to determine the specific needs of Montenegro.
  • Holding a national workshop to discuss baseline findings and next steps.
  • Translating the GFEI brochure (selected sections of the GFEI Auto Fuel Economy Tool) into Montengrin, and printing.
  • Reviewing legislation
  • Drafting recommendations
  • Raising awareness