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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.

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.


2020 CO2 target


Mayor (or equivalent): Anneli Hulthén
Population: 506,100 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 3 September 2008
Status 3


Main contact: Anna Cognell
Position: Urban development officer

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories


Climate Smart City Distribution
Sector: Transport
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2013
Area of intervention: Improvement of logistics and urban freight transport
Policy instrument: Transport mobility planning regulation
Responsible body: City of Gothenburg
CO2 reduction :
1 t CO2 eq./a

Description: Climate Smart City Distribution is a collaborative project aimed at developing and demonstrating more effective and eco-friendly solutions for city distribution. The project is a collaboration between various freight delivery companies, vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers and governmental organizations. The overall objective of the project is to reduce the climatic impact from distribution traffic within the city of Goteborg's environmental zone by 50% (for the vehicle fleets of the participating shipping companies). The objective will be realized through the introduction of energy-efficient vehicle technology, renewable fuels and new solutions for freight coordination and consolidated shipment. The combination of all these various sub-solutions form a model that could also be applied in other cities and eventually exported to other countries.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Climate Smart City Distribution14 Nov 2014 en
Onshore Power Supply in Port of Gothenburg12 Nov 2014 en
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ElectriCity (Electric buses)12 Nov 2014 en
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Net Zero Energy Schools12 Nov 2014 en
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Last updated at: 20 February 2015
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