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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.


2020 CO2 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 PotenzaItaly62


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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