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)2030 CO2 targetAdaptation


Mayor (or equivalent): Renzo Caramaschi
Population: 102,880 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 13 January 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Emanuele Sascor

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89
Climate Alliance ItalyItaly18


Energy Specific Consumption mappimg
Sector: Others
Implementation timeframe: 2016 - 2017
Area of intervention: Other
Policy instrument: Land use planning
Responsible body: Municipal Office
CO2 reduction :
1798 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
8900 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
20000 €

Description: Through the analysis of the energy specific consumption of each building located on the area of Bolzano (private and public) it has been created a tematic map. The main goal is to publish this map, informating the citiziens of the average consumption of their buildings, and promoting energy efficiency intervention on the most critical buildings. Is has been supposed that this action could permit a 10% less emissions.

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Benchmarks Date Language
Energy Specific Consumption mappimg 4 Jul 2017 en
New low entalpy energy plant 4 Jul 2017 en
Renovation of public lighting and traffic lights 4 Jul 2017 en
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