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.

FEDARENE - European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment


President:Julije Domac
Country: Belgium


Main contact: Dominique Bourges
Position: Coordinator
Phone: +32/2.646.82.10


FEDARENE is the premier European network of regional and local organisations which implement, co-ordinate and facilitate energy and environment policies. Regional and local agencies, ministries and departments working in these fields, are represented in FEDARENE. As a Supporting Structure, FEDARENE will promote the adhesion to the Covenant among its members, encourage and facilitate the exchange of experience on its implementation.


Category: Methods and tools
Description: Did you know that organic matter contained in EU municipal wastewater accounts for the energy equivalent of twelve large power stations? The power of wastewater currently remains vastly underestimated. By implementing new concepts for sewage treatment using existing technologies (e.g. sludge digestion and biogas valorisation), the EU-funded POWERSTEP project aims to go beyond current ambitions of marginal improvements of energy efficiency in wastewater treatment. Based upon six full-scale investigations of individual processes and design elements, POWERSTEP aims at demonstrating that wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) can become viable, net energy producers without compromising the water treatment quality and cost. In 2017, the POWERSTEP partners will offer free energy audits to 10 European municipalities. Selected applicants will benefit from Veolia energy audit software OCEAN and will get detailed information on their WWTP energy profile. They will also receive a full audit report with recommendations tailored specifically to the WWTP of the municipality, which will indicate steps to improve its energy balance and mitigate associated greenhouse gas emissions using technologies demonstrated in the POWERSTEP project. It will be ensured that at all times, all data will remain fully confidential within the project team. The roles, duties and confidentiality will be clearly defined in a cooperation agreement.
Signatories involved: B.&S.U. Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH


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Multi-Level Governance in sustainable energy planning - COOPENERGY en
BiogasAction compilation of reports and tools for regional biogas deployment en
DATA 4 ACTION - Collaborating in Energy Data Exchange en
Energy Efficient Street Lighting with Energy Performance Contracting - STREETLIGHT-EPC en
E-Mobility Works en
LED lighting in public and exhibition buildings - ILLUMINATE en
Valencian Community, ES – Improvement of energy performance in traffic lights en
European Network of Regional GHG Emissions and Energy Watch: ENERGee-Watch en
Powerstep en
Last updated at: 24 September 2015
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