Illustration Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters are defined as not-for-profit organisations (associations of local and regional authorities, networks, thematic agencies …) with the capacity to promote the Covenant of Mayors and to mobilise and support their members and/or local authorities to reach the Covenant of Mayors’ objectives.

They take action on their territories and areas of expertise (e.g. energy, environment, water, air), and at different levels of governance (e.g. European, national, and regional/local) to promote the Covenant of Mayors initiative and support the commitments of their signatories. With expert knowledge of the regulatory, legislative and financial framework under which they operate - be it at the local/regional, national or European level – Covenant Supporters are ideally placed to provide tailored advice to signatories and identify synergies with existing initiatives.

Energy Cities


Mayor of Heidelberg - President of Energy Cities:Eckart Würzner
Country: France


Main contact: Jean-Pierre Vallar
Position: General Secretary
Phone: +33 381 653 685


Energy Cities' main objective is to support European local authorities, in particular its members as they join the Covenant. To assist them in their local measures aimed at a minimum 20% reduction in CO2 emissions on their territory by 2020, the European network: - Publishes its members’ initiatives and action plans as a source of inspiration for other cities, - Encourages the exchange of experience and expertise between member signatories, - Informs about available tools aimed at preparing and implementing sustainable energy action plans, - Relays the expectations of the signatories to the European institutions via a Covenant of Mayors task force created within the Energy Cities Board, - Informs its members about developments in the EU energy and climate policy.

Signatories Supported

Signatories Population Adhesion Status
Gent, BE247,00010 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Genève, CH191,360 4 Apr 2010Action Plans submitted
Frankfurt am Main, DE670,00011 Dec 2008Action Plans submitted
Heidelberg, DE144,94827 Oct 2016Action Plans submitted
München, DE1,464,96210 Feb 2009Monitoring started
Ordis, ES37228 Jan 2010Action Plans submitted
Pamplona, ES198,000 2 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Helsinki, FI628,208 7 Jan 2009Monitoring started
AMIENS métropole, FR177,34516 Dec 2009Adhesion
Besançon, FR116,10010 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Brest Métropole, FR215,64711 Dec 2009Action Plans submitted
Castelnau-Le-Lez, FR16,000 9 Aug 2009Action Plans submitted
Chambéry métropole, FR125,000 4 Jun 2009Action Plans submitted
Clermont-Ferrand, FR139,00626 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Communauté urbaine de STRASBOURG, FR474,00014 Dec 2009Action Plans submitted
Echirolles, FR35,03724 Mar 2009Monitoring started
GRAND DOLE, FR54,00015 Jan 2009Adhesion
Grenoble, FR162,80017 Nov 2008Action Plans submitted
GRENOBLE-ALPES-METROPOLE (La métro), FR450,00017 Oct 2008Action Plans submitted
L'Haÿ-les-Roses, FR29,67110 Dec 2009Action Plans submitted
Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération, FR252,00018 Dec 2008Action Plans submitted
Mundolsheim, FR5,04510 May 2010Adhesion
NANTES METROPOLE, FR580,50217 Oct 2008Action Plans submitted
Paris, FR2,265,88616 Dec 2008Monitoring started
QUIMPER COMMUNAUTE, FR90,28319 Mar 2010Action Plans submitted
Rennes, FR206,655 8 Dec 2008Adhesion
Rennes Métropole, FR403,95018 Dec 2008Action Plans submitted
Sénart, FR99,594 5 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Sète, FR43,000 9 Dec 2009Action Plans submitted
Strasbourg, FR273,00014 Dec 2009Adhesion
Toulouse, FR439,55317 Dec 2010Action Plans submitted
Milton Keynes, GB241,50024 Nov 2009Monitoring started
Newcastle upon Tyne, GB284,30015 Jan 2008Monitoring started
Ptolemaida Eordea, GR32,142 4 Sep 2008Adhesion
Koprivnica, HR30,87229 Jul 2010Monitoring started
Rijeka, HR144,04310 Feb 2009Monitoring started
Zagreb, HR788,85030 Oct 2008Monitoring started
Cork County, IE361,76614 Mar 2011Action Plans submitted
Mercogliano, IT12,51824 May 2010Adhesion
Potenza, IT69,060 9 Feb 2011Action Plans submitted
Riga, LV650,64030 Sep 2008Action Plans submitted
Heerlen, NL89,38527 Oct 2008Action Plans submitted
Zoetermeer, NL121,580 2 Mar 2009Action Plans submitted
Christchurch, NZ360,00027 Nov 2008Action Plans submitted
Porto, PT238,954 4 Nov 2008Monitoring started
Aiud, RO28,93428 Aug 2008Monitoring started
Slobozia, RO51,77811 Aug 2008Action Plans submitted
Isle of Öland, SE24,64011 Jan 2011Action Plans submitted
Malmö, SE320,00017 Nov 2008Monitoring started
Örebro, SE140,00022 Apr 2008Action Plans submitted
Nilüfer, TR350,000 2 Jul 2014Action Plans submitted


European ENGAGE campaign
Category: Awareness raising
Description: Having signed the Covenant, Mayors have committed to “Mobilise the civil society in (our) geographical areas to take part in developing the Action Plan”. ENGAGE is all about encouraging individuals to play their part!ENGAGE is a participative communications campaign implemented by European local authorities. They use this initiative as a communication tool to share the Covenant of Mayors objectives locally. Indeed, this campaign commits all citizens and stakeholders to make personal energy-saving pledges and therefore contribute to the cities’ own energy and climate targets. Thanks to a user-friendly online tool, local authorities can create participant posters. Showcasing the pledges of every participant demonstrates the power of combined energy-saving actions. The objective is also to develop efficient local communications campaigns which lead to tangible energy savings via the monitoring of participants' energy consumption.The interactive ENGAGE Guidebook will take you through how to create a successful local ENGAGE campaign.
Signatories involved: Initially, a core group of 12 signatories from 12 different European countries has been pioneering the ENGAGE campaign: Biesko-Biala (PL), Heerlen (NL), Heidelberg (DE), Helsinki (FI), Ivani?-Grad (HR), Leicester (GB), Liège (BE), Oeiras (PT), Pamplona (E


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Last updated at: 8 March 2016
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