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Over 2,000 action plans show extent of cities’ contribution to climate change mitigation
While the 18th [UN conference on climate change->http://unfccc.int/2860.php] was unfolding in Doha, cities and towns were busy implementing concrete actions on the ground, as the threshold of 2,000 submitted Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) was exceeded by Covenant of Mayors Signatories.
 
   

This impressive figure shows the concrete contribution of the Covenant in boosting integrated energy planning across municipalities in Europe. The initiative was represented at the Doha conference this past Saturday December 1st, on the occasion of the event "Teaming Up to Meet Local Targets“ – co-organised by Covenant Supporter Climate Alliance.

The conclusion of the workshop was that more policy and funding instruments from the EU and national governments are needed to support local authorities’ actions. Echoing this call, Ronan Dantec, Municipal Councillor at the Covenant city of Nantes, indicated that financing the actions and measures outlined in the plan is a challenge, especially amidst the current economic crisis, and pointed out that in the case of Nantes, public transport alone accounts for 40% of the city budget. It was agreed that long-term actions require long term funding, and carbon financing was hailed as a potential solution.

Collectively, Covenant Signatories expect to achieve an estimated 29% CO2 emissions reduction by 2020 – voluntarily exceeding the EU objective. This percentage corresponds to approximately 150 million tonnes of CO2, more than the overall annual emissions of a country like Belgium.

Over two thirds of the mentioned SEAPs come from small-sized municipalities, which in close collaboration with their respective provinces and/or regions are able to deliver their commitments. These results show the exemplary multilevel cooperation model of the Covenant of Mayors which has proven to be very effective in building capacity and steering action in energy sustainability across local and regional levels of government.

 
     
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