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.

Signatories represent cities that vary in size from small villages to major metropolitan areas such as London or Paris. Within a year following their signature, Covenant signatories commit to implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans on their territory, with the aim of cutting CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020.

The list of cities that have signed up to the Covenant may be found below.

Vila Nova de Gaia

2020 CO2 target

Signatory

Mayor (or equivalent): Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues
Population: 312,742 inhabitants
Website: http://www.cm-gaia.pt

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 30 April 2008
Status 3

Contact

Main contact: Luís Castanheira
Position: Covenant coordinator
Email: lcastanheira@energaia.pt

Benchmarks

Sustainable Social Housing
Sector: Residential buildings
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2015
Area of intervention: Integrated action (all above)
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: GaiaSocial, EEM and Energaia - Energy Agency
KEY FIGURES
CO2 reduction :
3800 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
10300 MWh/a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
1 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
15 Million €
inhabitants:
17000

Description: “Vila D’Este Social Housing Refurbishment” represents a total investment of 15 millions Euros, co-financed by European and National funds.The current refurbishment project is the largest of its kind in Europe and will lead to the improvement of the energy performance of the buildings through measures such as thermal insulation, glazing improving and the introduction of shading, allowing for a potential annual saving of 3.800 ton CO2eq.

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Benchmarks Date Language
Landfill Biogas recovery for electricity production 8 Jul 2014 pt
Sustainable Social Housing 8 Jul 2014 en
Municipal Regulation for Sustainability 8 Jul 2014 pt
Last updated at: 10 April 2015
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