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): Gilbert Meyer
Population: 68,000 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 17 May 2010
Status 3


Main contact: Helene Berthomieu
Position: cooperation director


Subvention de vélos classiques et de vélos à assistance électriques
Sector: Others
Implementation timeframe: 2008 - 2011
Area of intervention: Other
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: Direction de la Voirie et des Réseaux
CO2 reduction :
4843 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
1.2 Million €

Description: La Ville de Colmar n’a pas attendu la signature de la Convention des Maires pour réaliser différentes actions au niveau du développement durable. En effet, depuis 2008, la ville subventionne l’achat de vélos classiques à hauteur de 120€ et de vélos à assistance électrique à hauteur de 200€ (en 2013). Cette action s’emboîte parfaitement avec la disposition de plus de 100 km de pistes en cyclables sur la Ville depuis 2014.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Benchmarks Date Language
Subvention de vélos classiques et de vélos à assistance électriques12 Jun 2015 fr
Rénovation énergétique des bâtiments municiapux12 Jun 2015 fr
Suppression des lampes à vepeurs de mercure12 Jun 2015 en
Last updated at: 17 June 2015
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