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Country-by-country: What makes the Covenant a success story ?
Over 5,300 cities across Europe and beyond have now committed to adopting a Sustainable Energy Action Plan rethinking the way energy is produced and consumed in their territory and voluntarily aiming to reach – or even exceed - the EU 20% CO2 reduction objective. What is driving these cities to join the Covenant of Mayors and what more can be done to bring others onboard ?
 
   

Over 5,300 cities across Europe and beyond have now committed to adopting a Sustainable Energy Action Plan rethinking the way energy is produced and consumed in their territory and voluntarily aiming to reach – or even exceed - the EU 20% CO2 reduction objective. What is driving these cities to join the Covenant of Mayors and what more can be done to bring others onboard ? In a number of countries, national orientations have been given to answer these questions, in the framework of the IEE-funded project NET-COM, which notably supported the launch of the Covenant of Mayors « national clubs ».

Progress on the Covenant of Mayors implementation was thus reported in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden and the Baltic Sea Region.

Based on the outcome of a survey conducted with a wide array of stakeholders from the ground, the project coordinators could identify the factors contributing to the Covenant of Mayors success or preventing its expansion in the above mentioned countries. Based on these observations, an overall conclusion was drawn : the Covenant of Mayors’ visibility has increased since the last report was conducted in 2012 but essentially the factors driving or hindering its implementation remain the same. On the positive side, it is the political recognition of the initiative at European and municipal levels that is seen as one of the greatest motivating factor, while the downside remains the technocratic image associated with the action plans reporting workload.

To read the full report, visit the NET-COM website or click here

 
     
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