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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.

Signatories represent cities that vary in size from small villages to major metropolitan areas such as London or Paris. Within a year following their signature, Covenant signatories commit to implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans on their territory, with the aim of cutting CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020.

The list of cities that have signed up to the Covenant may be found below.

Vitoria - Gasteiz

2020 CO2 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 - EVESpain19


Installing LEDs in all traffic lights of the city
Sector: Public lighting
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2010
Area of intervention: Energy efficiency
Policy instrument: Energy management
Responsible body: Mobility
CO2 reduction :
586 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
1660 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
1.12 Million €

Description: Improving the efficiency of 4000 traffic signals in Vitoria-Gasteiz
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, National Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
Installing LEDs in all traffic lights of the city17 Nov 2015 en
Plan de Movilidad Sostenible y Espacio Público16 Nov 2015 es
Plan Estratégico de Alumbrado Sostenible16 Jul 2015 es
Last updated at: 15 October 2013
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