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): Klaus Weichel
Population: 98,790 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 26 January 2009
Status 2


Main contact: Stefan Kremer
Position: Head of the departement for environmental protection

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, European SecretariatGermany25


PV Zubau Dachanlagen: Private Haushalte, Industrie und Gewerbe
Sector: Local electricity production
Implementation timeframe: 2006 - 2015
Area of intervention: Photovoltaics
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: Local authority
CO2 reduction :
6503 t CO2 eq./a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
9788.8 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
17.48 Million €

Description: Bis zum Jahre 2020 wird jedes Jahr eine Steigerung des Zubaus auf den Dächern von 1.116 kWp PV-Leistung in Kaiserslautern angenommen. Der ermittelte Werte, ergibt sich aus den durchschnittlichen Zubauraten der Jahre 2006-2009. Insgesamt sind in Kaiserslautern 20,43 MWp installiert (Stand 09/2012). Auch wurden Anlagen auf den Liegenschaften des US Militärs umgesetzt. Ziel ist eine 100%ige Versorgung durch EE.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Benchmarks Date Language
PV Zubau Dachanlagen: Private Haushalte, Industrie und Gewerbe 8 Dec 2015 de
Teilnahme an Ökoprofit 8 Dec 2015 de
Umrüstung Lichtsignalanlagen auf LED 8 Dec 2015 de
Last updated at: 18 October 2017
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