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): Markus Linhart
Population: 27,950 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 12 April 2011
Status 3


Main contact: Gerold Ender
Position: Leiter Dienststelle für Umweltschutz

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89
Climate Alliance AustriaAustria15


Generalverkehrskonzept Bregenz 2014
Sector: Transport
Implementation timeframe: 2013 - 2020
Area of intervention: Other
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: Landeshauptstadt Bregenz
CO2 reduction :
4300 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
14400 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
130000 €

Description: Die Bregenzer Stadtvertretung hat am 25.03.2014 in ihrer Sitzung das Generalverkehrskonzept beschlossen. Damit hat Bregenz für die nächsten 15 Jahre eine Richtschnur für verkehrspolitische Entscheidungen und Maßnahmen, für die Gestaltung öffentlicher Räume, für den Abbau von Barrieren und die Reduktion des Kfz-Verkehrs. Bis 2025 sollen die Weganteile des öffentlichen Verkehrs um 2%, des Fahrrads um 6% und des Zufußgehens um 1% gesteigert werden - ehrgeizige, aber erreichbare Ziele, wenn die bisherigen Anstrengungen fortgesetzt werden. Die Hauptverkehrsstraßen sollen stadtverträglich gestaltet und ihre Barrierewirkung für den querenden nicht-motorisierten Verkehr zum Beispiel durch kürzere Wartezeiten abgemildert werden. Das Verkehrskonzept wurde in einem umfassenden Prozess mit Bürgerbeteiligung
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, National Funds & Programmes

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Generalverkehrskonzept Bregenz 201425 Feb 2015 de
Kindergarten Mariahilf20 Feb 2015 de
Regionale Energieanlage Bregenz Bauhof20 Feb 2015 de
Last updated at: 24 April 2015
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