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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)2030 CO2 targetAdaptation


Mayor (or equivalent): Paolo Lucchi
Population: 96,011 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 26 November 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Francesca Lucchi
Position: Councillor for Environment and European projects

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate Alliance ItalyItaly18


Caldaie in Rete - Thermal heating systems network
Sector: Municipal buildings, equipment/facilities
Implementation timeframe: 2011 - 2020
Area of intervention: Energy efficiency in space heating and hot water
Policy instrument: Energy management
Responsible body: Energie per la Città Spa
CO2 reduction :
677 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
3387 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
2.4 Million €

Description: The objective of the project is the remote control and regulation of thermal heating systems within the municipal buildings. The remote management system works with GSM connection. Alarms, temperatures and boiler settings are all accessible directly from the PCs located at the operational headquarters of the plant manager. “Caldaie in rete” is realized in the framework of a larger project that provide the installation of new efficient condensing boilers and the redevelopment of the plants to achieve important benefits: Energetics: optimizes heating plant regulation reducing the consumption of natural gas and electricity. Comfort: improves comfort conditions for users detecting temperatures. Efficiency: avoids spot interventions to have a more efficient service. Diagnosis: allows day-to-day monitoring to plan building interventions to reduce energy consumption.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, Other

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Caldaie in Rete - Thermal heating systems network10 May 2017 en
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Last updated at: 21 October 2016
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