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): Jozef Dvonč
Population: 84,800 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 11 December 2008
Status 3


Main contact: Zuzana Paučírová


Modernization of public lighting
Sector: Public lighting
Implementation timeframe: 2012 - 2013
Area of intervention: Energy efficiency
Policy instrument: Energy management
Responsible body: Department of Communal activities and Environment, Elcomp s. r. o. - administrator of municipal public lighting
CO2 reduction :
5.6 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
13.124 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
600000 €

Description: Replacement of sodium lamps to led lamps in public lighting.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, EU Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
Modernization of public lighting20 Feb 2017 en
Cycling routes in the city20 Feb 2017 en
The use of a highly efficient combined heat and power production20 Feb 2017 en
Last updated at: 11 April 2011
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