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Unlocking the potential of Associated Partners
Cooperation with the Associated Partners to the Covenant of Mayors is reinforced following a meeting with the European Commission and the Covenant of Mayors Office held on 31 October. New forms of collaboration to help signatories implement their Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) have been discussed and will be implemented in the coming months.

So far 22 Associated Partners have pledged to support Covenant of Mayors Signatories in reaching their ambitious objectives by 2020. Associated Partners are either European federations of companies such as the Federation of Local Energy Companies (CEDEC) or the European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA), non-governmental organisations like Solar Solidarity, or international networks as Communities of Sustainable Europe (CoSE). Despite their different nature, all these organisations strive to look for sustainable green alternatives in the field of transport, housing, energy-efficiency and the like.

The Covenant of Mayors Office has been collaborating with Associated Partners mainly through events, where policies and/or tools that could support Covenant Signatories are discussed. For instance, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (euroACE) recently met with a delegation of 20 mayors representing National Covenant Clubs at a lunch debate where building renovation was discussed. In March 2013, the Covenant of Mayors will be hosting a workshop with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) to take place during an international conference on sustainable mobility in Nantes.

Webinars with Associated Partners are expected to have a strong potential to highlight good practices among signatory cities, but also to promote new tools or policies within the Covenant of Mayors community. Building on the experience of the webinar on Energy Performance Contracting recently organised in collaboration with the European Association of Energy Service Companies (eu.ESCO), the Covenant of Mayors Office is looking into new opportunities to collaborate with Associated Partners using this platform.

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