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)Adaptation


Population: 1,464,962 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 10 February 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Wolfgang Qual
Position: covenant coordinator
Phone: 0049-89-233-47717

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89
Energy CitiesFrance50


Energy efficiency initiative - Trade
Sector: Industry
Implementation timeframe: 2013 - 2017
Area of intervention: Energy efficiency in industrial processes
Policy instrument: Awareness raising / training
Responsible body: Department of Labour and Economic Development
CO2 reduction :
1200 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
60000 €
Number of companies reached:

Description: Two information campaigns on energy efficient lighting and cooling took place. Altogether there were 6 half day eventswhere representatives of companies, academia and science, consultancies and further relevant institutions presented specific information and best practise cases to the audience. Companies of all sizes were reached. A survey after each event revealed that frequently an analysis of the energy saving potential by investment in new lighting and cooling systems was planned. Moreover, about 50 % of the respondents already plan investments in energy efficiency, e.g. LED lighting. Also, the adaptation of existing systems to higher energy efficiency standards was planned in about 50 % of cases. All companies stated that the presented information increased their level of information. Some of the presenters organised site visits to the best practise cases shown during the events.

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Benchmarks Date Language
Energy efficiency initiative - Trade16 Feb 2017 en
Eco-Profit Programme: intensifiying and continuation16 Feb 2017 en
Go!FAMILY - Campaign for climate-friendly mobility for families16 Feb 2017 en
Thematic city map: "Klimaschutzstadtplan"16 Feb 2017 en
Special programme: Energy efficient building envelope and heating renovation („Energieeffiziente Gebäudehülle und Heizungssanierung - EGuH“)16 Feb 2017 en
Last updated at: 12 April 2012
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