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.

Vitoria - Gasteiz

2020 CO2 target

Signatory

Mayor (or equivalent): Patxi Lazcoz Baigorri
Population: 239,361 inhabitants
Website: http://www.vitoria-gasteiz.org

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 19 December 2008
Status 3

Contact

Main contact: Andrés Alonso
Position: Head of Environmental Planning Service
Email: aalonso@vitoria-gasteiz.org

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Basque Energy Agency - EVESpain20

Benchmarks

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
KEY FIGURES
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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