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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.

Frankfurt am Main

Mitigation (2020 target)Adaptation


Mayor (or equivalent): Peter Feldmann
Population: 670,000 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 11 December 2008
Status 3


Main contact: Wiebke Fiebig
Position: director of municipal energy agency
Phone: +496921239433

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89
Energy CitiesFrance50


Biogas for IndustrIn two y
Sector: Local heat/cold production
Implementation timeframe: 2005 - 2007
Area of intervention: Other
Policy instrument: Grants and subsidies
Responsible body: Infraserv
CO2 reduction :
13100 t CO2 eq./a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
13100000 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
8 Million €

Description: In two silos wits a capacity of 11000 m³ some 3000m³/h biogas is produced. Half of the gas goes to a chp-plant with a capacity of 4.5 MW and an electricity production of 40000 MWh/a. The heat is used in the district heating system of the industrial park in the western part of Frankfurt. 1500 m³/h are piped to an Bio-methane preparation plant. In this plant the biogas is upgraded to 1000 m³/h natural gas quality and fed into the national gas grid.
Financing sources: National Funds & Programmes, Other

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Biogas for IndustrIn two y23 Aug 2017 en
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Last updated at: 23 August 2017
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