Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
Heralded as the “world’s biggest urban climate and energy initiative” by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.
The origins of the Covenant of Mayors initiative
After the adoption, in 2008, of the 2020 EU Climate and Energy Package, the European Commission launched the Covenant of Mayors to endorse and support the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies.
The Covenant of Mayors is a unique bottom-up movement that has succeeded in mobilising a great number of local and regional authorities to develop action plans and direct investments towards climate change mitigation measures.
New 2030 Framework and Integration of Adaptation
The new integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy was launched by the European Commission on 15 October 2015 during a Ceremony in the European Parliament in Brussels. The three pillars of the strengthened Covenant - mitigation, adaptation, and secure, sustainable and affordable energy - were symbolically endorsed on this occasion.
Signatories endorse a shared vision for 2050: accelerating the decarbonisation of their territories, strengthening their capacity to adapt to unavoidable climate change impact, and allowing their citizens to access secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
Signatory cities pledge action to support implementation of the EU 40% greenhouse gas-reduction target by 2030 and the adoption of a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
In order to translate their political commitment into practical measures and projects, Covenant signatories commit to submitting, within two years following the date of the local council decision, a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) outlining the key actions they plan to undertake. This bold political commitment marks the beginning of a long-term process with cities committed to reporting every two year on the implementation progress of their plans.
What is Energy Cities doing for the Covenant of Mayors?
Since the very beginning, Energy Cities has been leading the Covenant of Mayors Office, in close cooperation with Climate Alliance, CEMR, FEDARENE and EUROCITIES.
Energy Cities also runs the Covenant of Mayors East Office, supported by the Association "Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine", Climate Alliance, NL Agency and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC).
Furthermore, Energy Cities is one of the official Covenant of Mayors Supporters, which are crucial partners of the Covenant of Mayors Office, especially considering their ability to adapt the Covenant objectives and messages to the realities on the ground. As such, Energy Cities has been encouraging its member cities to join the Covenant and demonstrating their key role in reaching the EU energy and climate objectives.
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