Illustration Signatories

The fight against climate change will be won or lost in urban areas. A vast majority of the European population lives and works in cities, consuming an estimated 80% of the energy used in the EU. Local administrations, as the closest government level to citizens are ideally placed to address climate issues in a comprehensive manner. More and more cities are thus deciding to take up the challenge, as shown by the growing number of Covenant of Mayors signatories.

Signatory cities vary in size from small villages to major metropolitan areas such as London or Paris.

The commitments for Covenant Signatories are linked to the European Union’s Climate and energy policy framework. These include the European Union’s climate and energy package for 2020 for signatories who have joined between 2008 and 2015 and the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy framework as well as the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change for signatories joining after 2015.

As of October 2015, Covenant signatories commit to adopting an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation. They are required to develop Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans with the aims of cutting CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and increasing resilience to climate change within the first two years of adhesion.

The list of cities that have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors can be found below.


Mitigation (2020 target)Adaptation


Mayor (or equivalent): Dimitar Nikolov
Population: 226,000 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 18 December 2008
Status 3


Main contact: Velichka Velikova
Position: Head of Territorial Cooperation Department


Main contact: Maya Velcheva
Position: Director

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities & Black Sea Regional Agency for Energy Management Bulgaria4

Local and Regional Energy Agencies

Local and Regional Energy Agencies Countries Signatories
Energy Agency of Plovdiv - Енергийна агенция – Пловдив Bulgaria1


Introduction of EE meaures in administrative public building, schools and kindergartens
Sector: Municipal buildings, equipment/facilities
Implementation timeframe: 2011 - 2015
Area of intervention: Integrated action (all above)
Policy instrument: Energy certification labelling
Responsible body: Burgas Municipality
CO2 reduction :
736.3 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
3036 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
3 Million €

Description: Burgas Municipality implemented projects aiming to decrease CO2 emissions trough introducing of EE measures on public buildings as schools and kindergartens.

Rate this benchmark: BadPoorFairGoodExcellent (0 vote)

Last updated at: 8 November 2017
The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the authors. It does not reflect the opinion of the European Union. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
To exchange
via your mobile
To become fan
of the Covenant page
To subscribe to the
Rss feeds
To receive news
in real-time
With the political support of the European Commission With the political support of the European Commission. Website coordinated by the Covenant of Mayors Office.
News | Agenda | Site map | RSS help | Credits | Legal