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): Hannes Dolleschall
Population: 9,314 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 3 November 2011
Status 3


Main contact: Eva Volkar
Position: Assistant of head official
Phone: +43/3572/83141-276


Main contact: Josef Bärnthaler
Position: EAO - Energy Agency Upper Styria
Phone: +43/3577/26664-23

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Alliance in the AlpsAustria1
Climate Alliance AustriaAustria15


Sector: Local heat/cold production
Implementation timeframe: 2012 - 2014
Area of intervention: District heating/cooling network (new, expansion, refurbishment)
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: Municipial Utilities
CO2 reduction :
4082 t CO2 eq./a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
15120 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
5.3 Million €

Description: Die Stadtwerke Judenburg errichten ein Wärmeverteilnetz mit einer Anschlussleistung von 14 MW im Endausbau. Die Wärme kommt über eine 18 km lange Infrastrukturleitung aus der Zellstofffabrik Pöls, wo sie als Biomasse-Abwärme entsteht. Die Idee eines Fernwärmenetzes für die Judenburger Innenstadt entstand bei der Planung einer Biomasseheizung für das Altenheim. Weil es in den Nachbargemeinden Fohnsdorf und Zeltweg bereits Fernwärmenetze gab, wurde die lange angedachte Nutzung der Abwärme aus der Zellstofffabrik Pöls endlich realisierbar. Alle Gemeindewohnhäuser und alle vormals mit Gas beheizten Öffentlichen Gebäude wurden bereits angeschlossen. Das Gesamtprojekt wurde 2015 mit dem österreichischen Klimaschutzpreis ausgezeichnet. Die Leitung soll demnächst bis nach Knittelfeld verlängert werden.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, National Funds & Programmes, EU Funds & Programmes, Other

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Benchmarks Date Language
Biomasse-Fernwärme21 Feb 2015 de
Förderungen für Energiesparmaßnahmen und erneuerbare Energie21 Feb 2015 de
Fernwärmeanschluss für alle Gemeindewohnhäuser im Stadtgebiet21 Feb 2015 de
Umrüstung der letzten öffentlichen Gebäude mit Stromheizung auf Biomasse-Fernwärme21 Feb 2015 de
Biomass-district heating for public buildings21 Feb 2015 de
Last updated at: 12 July 2016
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