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)


Mayor (or equivalent): Maria Costi
Population: 34,445 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 29 October 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Roberto Manicardi
Position: coordinator office environment
Phone: 039059416312


Main contact: Roberto Manicardi

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Province of ModenaItaly23

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89
Climate Alliance ItalyItaly18


Designing roundabouts to relieve congestion in the city
Sector: Transport
Implementation timeframe: 2003 - 2020
Area of intervention: Improvement of logistics and urban freight transport
Policy instrument: Transport mobility planning regulation
Responsible body: Public buildings sector
CO2 reduction :
7117 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
23723 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
10.71 Million €

Description: To relieve the congestion in the city the Municipality of Formigine decided to phase-out by 2020 all the traffic lights , to build new roundabouts and eliminate dangerous intersections. The first results are a sharp fall of accidents in the city and a considerable decrease of emissions.

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Benchmarks Date Language
Designing roundabouts to relieve congestion in the city31 Aug 2017 en
Construction of new public buildings respecting and promoting energy efficiency criteria31 Aug 2017 en
Street lighting upgrade31 Aug 2017 en
Last updated at: 8 November 2011
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