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): Roland Methling
Population: 201,096 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 4 December 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Holger Matthaus

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89


Bürgersolarinitiative Rostock
Sector: Local electricity production
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2020
Area of intervention: Photovoltaics
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: 1. Bürger Solar GmbH &Co KG
CO2 reduction :
7.2 t CO2 eq./a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
20 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
60000 €

Description: Die Bürger Energie Rostock Verwaltung GmbH und die erste Bürger Solar Rostock GmbH & Co. KG wurden mit dem Ziel gegründet, durch Bürgerbeteiligung Projekte auf dem Gebiet der erneuerbaren Energien, der Energieeinsparung und der Effizienzsteigerung zu realisieren, um einen nachhaltigen Beitrag zur Energiewende zu leisten. Bürgersolaranlagen sind eine Form der Beteiligung durch Investition in langfristige Sachanlagen. Bürgerinnen und Bürger haben somit die Möglichkeit, langfristig von der Investition in erneuerbare Energien zu partizipieren. Zu den angestrebten Vorteilen der Energiewende gehören eine höhere Wertschöpfung in der Region sowie die Beteiligung am wirtschaftlichen Erfolg. In diesem Kontext ist die erste Bürgersolaranlage eine „Rostocker Angelegenheit“, denn Wertschöpfung aus Planung, Bau und Betreibung bleiben in der Hansestadt Rostock.
Financing sources: Other

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Bürgersolarinitiative Rostock23 Feb 2015 de
Bürgerbeteiligung und Klimaschutzkampagnen23 Feb 2015 de
Energiesparwettbewerb an Rostocker Schulen23 Feb 2015 de
Last updated at: 29 November 2011
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