Illustration Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators are public authorities that are in a position to provide strategic guidance, technical and financial support to Covenant of Mayors signatories and municipalities signing up to it.

Alongside financial assistance, Covenant Coordinators typically support signatories in conducting a CO2 emission inventory and/or a climate risk assessment, as well as in preparing and implementing their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans.

  • Covenant Territorial Coordinators are decentralised authorities, such as regions, provinces or grouping of local authorities,
  • Covenant National Coordinators are national public bodies such as ministries or national energy agencies.

The European Commission recognises them as important allies to support Covenant of Mayors signatories to meet their commitments and increase the impact of the Covenant.

Città Metropolitana di Genova


Country: Italy


Main contact: Fausto Brizi
Phone: (+39) 010 54 99 472


The Metropolitan City of Genova included the CoM as a key action in its policies against climate change and green economy promotion.

The strategy is mainly aimed to small size municipalities to help them to overcome the lack of resources (funding, skill ...).

The solution is facilitating collective actions and pooling resources  through the development of a toolbox ready to be used by mucipalities.

A bottom up approach is crucial to be effective: participation and citizens awareness are the key words

A strong technical approach is crucial, too.

Support provided to signatories

    Promote adhesion to the Covenant of Mayors
    • Dissemination of Covenant promotion materials (brochure, thematic leaflets, etc.)
    • Adaptation / translation of Covenant promotional materials to the national/regional context or development of a specific publication on the Covenant
    • Leverage of own communication tools (e.g. newsletter, website, mailing lists, etc.)
    • Organisation of events
    Provide financing to Covenant Signatories for the development of their BEI/SEAP and implementation of the SEAP
    • Indirect support through staff assigned
    Provide technical support for the development of the BEI/SEAP and implementation of the SEAP
    • Political and/or technical working group(s) set up
    • Development or adaptation of technical guidelines
    • Consultancy commissioned for the technical support
    • Other (please specify)
      > own staff, training
    Facilitate exchange of experience between existing and potential Covenant Signatories
    • Creation of experience-sharing opportunities between signatories (e.g. Extranet, discussion forum, blogs, etc.)
    Defend the interests of the Covenant in order to facilitate the adhesion to the initiative and the implementation of its requirements
    • Cooperation with the media
    • Organisation of meetings with key stakeholders (e.g. national government representatives, private or banking sector)
    Local Energy days
    • Support to signatories for the organisation of their Local Energy Days
    • Organisation of Territorial Energy Days


    Category: Methods and tools
    Description: The Baseline Emission Inventory, specially developed as BEI for the signatories of the “Covenant of Mayors” in the Province, is a tool that shows the CO2 emissions, giving the local authorities the information necessary to develop their policies and find the best strategies to tackle climate change. Thanks to a unique inventory for all the 67 municipalities of the Province (all < 30.000 inh. except Genoa) it is possible to overcome their lack of skills and resources necessary to develop such a complex tool. It also facilitates consistency between various levels of institutional planning and it’s cheaper. The inventory, certified ISO 14064, was referred to 2005 and it’s now updated to 2010 and 2012. It uses local data on IPCC methodology. It contains the emissions due to direct and indirect final energy consumption and it includes all the sectors. It is public and available online.
    Signatories involved: all the signatories in the Province of Genova


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