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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): Vitalij Lukov
Population: 42,634 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 13 January 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Vitalij Lukov
Position: Mayor
Phone: +38 05134 42674

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Association 'Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine'Ukraine59


The introduction of innovation technologies in educational institutions of the city Voznesensk
Sector: Local electricity production
Implementation timeframe: 2011 - 2019
Area of intervention: Photovoltaics
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: education department of Voznesensk City Council
CO2 reduction :
19 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
105.5 MWh/a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
54.661 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
38506 €

Description: The project introduced a single information system controlling the consumption of energy and water resources in the public sector and implement the practice of combined solar-electric systems at the facilities of the social sphere of the city.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, National Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
The introduction of innovation technologies in educational institutions of the city Voznesensk22 Jul 2015 en
Introduction of technologies combined heating systems using alternative energy sources on the objects of social sphere of the city Voznesensk22 Jul 2015 en
Energy monitoring system of budgetary institutions22 Jul 2015 en
Last updated at: 18 October 2017
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