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): Paolo Pomponi
Population: 3,773 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 26 November 2010
Status 3

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Region of TuscanyItaly5

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Forum European Energy AwardGermany11


rigenerazione CASTELFALFI
Sector: Others
Implementation timeframe: 2006 - 2016
Area of intervention: Urban regeneration
Policy instrument: Land use planning
Responsible body: Mayor
CO2 reduction :
1000 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
152.8 Million €

Description: CASTELFALFI REFURBISHMENT: the popular decisional approach has given the chance to boost the owners intents of enhancing sustainability in this particular historical refurbishment. An agreement with the Administrations sets that the area energy supply will be covered by the 64% of RES (CHP biomasses and PV), the new buildings energy demand will be lower than 30kWh/m2y while the older ones will have less than 70 kWh/m2y. Also the water and the waste management is going to be at very low impact.

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Benchmarks Date Language
rigenerazione CASTELFALFI 7 Feb 2017 en
Teleriscaldamento a biomassa per gli edifici pubblici 7 Feb 2017 it
Edilizia popolare in classe A 7 Feb 2017 it
Last updated at: 16 November 2017
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