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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.

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


Teleriscaldamento a biomassa per gli edifici pubblici
Sector: Local heat/cold production
Implementation timeframe: 2006 - 2011
Area of intervention: District heating/cooling plant
Policy instrument: Third pary financing
Responsible body: Mr Daddi, PUBLIAMBIENTE
CO2 reduction :
107 t CO2 eq./a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
480 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
288000 €

Description: Il Comune è determinato ad utilizzare la risorsa forestale locale al fine di valorizzare le biomasse a scopi energetici sostituendo i combustibili fossili a partire dai propri edifici. Montaione è stato individuato dalla regione Toscana come destinatario di un contributo in conto capitale pari al 50% dell’intervento finalizzato alla realizzazione di un impianto per il teleriscaldamento degli edifici pubblici (centrale a cippato da 520 kW per riscaldare un volume lordo di circa 25.000 m3 - scuole e municipio). L’impianto, realizzato nel corso del 2011, potrà servire anche altre utenze puubliche o private con profili di consumo differenti. Le biomasse (350 t/anno) sono fornite da Publiambiente , società a partecipazione pubblica, e derivano da produttori locali (filiera comunale).
Financing sources: Other

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Teleriscaldamento a biomassa per gli edifici pubblici16 Feb 2015 it
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Last updated at: 7 December 2016
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