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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): José Francisco Ballesta Germán
Population: 439,889 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 30 October 2008
Status 3


Main contact: Sofía LORENZ FONFRIA
Position: ALEM (Agencia Local de Energía & Cambio Climático de Murcia)

Covenant Coordinators

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Region of MurciaSpain45

Covenant Supporters

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SmartSpaces - Saving Energy in Europe’s Public Buildings Using ICT
Sector: Municipal buildings, equipment/facilities
Implementation timeframe: 2012 - 2015
Area of intervention: Information and Communication Technologies
Policy instrument: Energy management
Responsible body: Murcia City Council
CO2 reduction :
151.4 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
344 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
180000 €

Description: The project is co-funded by the European Commission within the CIP ICT Policy Support Programme. The project objective is to enable public authorities in Europe significantly to improve their management of energy in the buildings they occupy. Murcia is participating in the project with 6 municipal buildings: Murcia City Council, Annex Building, Police Building, Firemen Building, Civil Protection and Fines Building. The aim of the project is to reduce 20% of energy consumption, carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency. Users of buildings (staff, visitors and professionals) will be encouraged to improve their energy habits and behavior helped by ICT technologies.
Financing sources: EU Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
SmartSpaces - Saving Energy in Europe’s Public Buildings Using ICT 1 Dec 2015 en
Electric Appliance Renewal Plan 1 Dec 2015 es
Telegestion Alumbrado Público Barrio Santa Eulalia 1 Dec 2015 es
Campañas de concienciación 1 Dec 2015 es
Energy audits on municipal buildings 1 Dec 2015 es
Bicycle infrastructure: bike lanes and bicycle parking 1 Dec 2015 es
MUyBICI- Public bicycle sharing system 1 Dec 2015 en
Last updated at: 30 May 2013
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