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): Mario Domenico Antonio Galicchio
Population: 2,212 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 6 June 2010
Status 3


Main contact: Società Energetica Lucana SEL SPA
Position: Regione Basilicata
Phone: 0971411183

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Province of PotenzaItaly64


Democratization of Energy
Sector: Residential buildings
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2012
Responsible body: U.T.: ing. Rocco Di Tolla
CO2 reduction :
161 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
650000 €

Description: The Municipality of Calvello is planning to use oil  royalties, from oil companies operating in the region, for financing renewable energy projects at the local level. The aim is to use revenues coming from the oil sector to support the transition to a system based on energy self-sufficiency. In this context Calvello Municipality has already banned two call:Municipal Financing  for n° 79 “low emission boiler”;Municipal Financing  for  n° 45 “3 KW power photovoltaic plants”; Calvello along with other neighboring municipalities intends to become a model for other regional cities, in terms of energy policies aiming at the democratization of energy. The core of this concept is to finance small energy plants at the service of the buildings of the citizens rather than large power renewable plant.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, Other

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Last updated at: 17 May 2013
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