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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)


Mayor (or equivalent): Juli Fernandez
Population: 207,338 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 7 October 2008
Status 2

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Province of BarcelonaSpain226

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Xarxa de Ciutats i Pobles cap a la Sostenibilitat (Network of Cities and Towns towards Sustainibilty)Spain180


Smart meters project - domestic saving campaign
Sector: Residential buildings
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2020
Area of intervention: Information and Communication Technologies
Policy instrument: Awareness raising / training
Responsible body: Sustainabiliy and Ecosystem Management (Local Energy Office)
CO2 reduction :
1250 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
42000 €

Description: Sabadell Municipality has engaged a domestic energy saving campaign to 100 dwellings in Sabadell, using a smart-meter energy device given to the families for a period of 6 months. The smart-meter provides on-time energy consumption in kWh, EUR or tones of CO2, and it is enhanced by a software, and intelligent energy user's manual included in the saving-kit. Beneficiaries should voluntarily apply to be enrolled under the saving campaign. Use, installation of the smart-meter and call -center is given freely by the local municipality. An estimated energy saving of 337 kWh/year saving per family. An overall of 100 dwellings are involved in the project so the final emissions saving is 144,6 Kg of CO2 per dwelling per year.By Dec 2012, 72 families and up to 202 people have benefited from the campaign, with an average of 12,53% electricity saving.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, Other

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