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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)Adaptation


Mayor (or equivalent): Maria Emília Neto de Sousa
Population: 165,991 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 4 February 2009
Status 3

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Associação Nacional de Municípios PortuguesesPortugal30


Missão Reduzir - Mission: Reduce - Energy Efficiency in Schools and Residential
Sector: Residential buildings
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2020
Area of intervention: Energy efficient lighting systems
Policy instrument: Awareness raising / training
Responsible body: Municipality of Almada and AGENEAL
CO2 reduction :
50 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
230000 €

Description: Local project involving schools, families and students of primary schools. A huge set of tools for use in schools by the students, teachers and workers and also for the house were created. To boost effectiveness of the project a contest between schools was developed and 50% of the savings are directly invested in educational resources. A prize to citizens and households in Almada that achieve better results in energy saving was also developed together with the Energy House – a model of a real house with information on energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable transport among others that gathered strong media attention including live reports to national TV
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, National Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
Missão Reduzir - Mission: Reduce - Energy Efficiency in Schools and Residential25 Aug 2016 en
Efficient lighting in historic monuments25 Aug 2016 en
EcoEnLight - 100% LED traffic lights and intelligent public lighting system in Almada 25 Aug 2016 en
Last updated at: 16 August 2011
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