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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.

Vitoria - Gasteiz

Mitigation (2020 target)


Mayor (or equivalent): Patxi Lazcoz Baigorri
Population: 239,361 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 19 December 2008
Status 3


Main contact: Andrés Alonso
Position: Head of Environmental Planning Service

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Basque Energy Agency - EVESpain20


Plan Estratégico de Alumbrado Sostenible
Sector: Public lighting
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2020
Area of intervention: Energy efficiency
Policy instrument: Energy management
Responsible body: Public Works Dep.
CO2 reduction :
1316 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
3580 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
2.19 Million €

Description: Vitoria- Gasteiz aprobó en 2012 un Plan Estratégico de Alumbrado Sostenible (PEAS) para las instalaciones de alumbrado público exterior con el objetivo de alcanzar un alumbrado público sostenible. Entre las actuaciones de mejora establecidas en el PEAS están las referidas a los nuevos barrios periféricos, así como ciertos polígonos industriales, y muy especialmente al alumbrado público y ornamental de su Casco Histórico. Vitoria renovó en 2014 el alumbrado público y ornamental del Casco Medieval y de las zonas aledañas. El proyecto ha cambiado los equipos de halogenuro metálico por faroles LED. Además se ha reducido la potencia de los puntos de luz con VSAP. La iluminación ornamental de seis edificios emblemáticos se sustituyó por un sistema con 22 LED de menor potencia pero más eficientes y que focalizarán la luz de manera correcta.

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Benchmarks Date Language
Plan Estratégico de Alumbrado Sostenible 7 Nov 2017 es
Installing LEDs in all traffic lights of the city 7 Nov 2017 en
Plan de Movilidad Sostenible y Espacio Público 7 Nov 2017 es
Last updated at: 15 October 2013
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