Covenant of Mayors Office
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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.
|Date of adhesion:||20 July 2010|
|Main contact:||Gesa Homann|
|Position:||Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment, Special Unit for Climate Protection and Energy|
|Main contact:||Gesa Homann|
|Position:||Department of Urban planning and Environment|
|Forum European Energy Award||Germany||11|
|ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat||Germany||25|
|METREX (Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas)||United Kingdom||3|
Implementation timeframe: 2008 - 2020
Area of intervention: Integrated action (all above)
Policy instrument: Grants and subsidies
Responsible body: SenStadtUm
1000 t CO2 eq./a
88.42 Million €
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, EU Funds & Programmes
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|Implementation of the Environmental Relief Programme (UEP)||23 Feb 2015||en|
|Klimaschutzvereinbarung mit BBU||23 Feb 2015||de|
|Machbarkeitsstudie Klimaneutrales Berlin 2050||23 Feb 2015||de|
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