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.

Busto Garolfo

Mitigation (2020 target)


Mayor (or equivalent): Susanna Biondi
Population: 13,494 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 11 March 2010
Status 3


Main contact: Giuseppe Sanguedolce
Position: Resp Area Lavori Pubblici

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Province of MilanItaly91

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89
Climate Alliance ItalyItaly18


Sviluppo mobilità pedonale/ciclabile
Sector: Transport
Implementation timeframe: 2011 - 2020
Area of intervention: Modal shift to walking and cycling
Policy instrument: Transport mobility planning regulation
Responsible body: Municipality
CO2 reduction :
247.85 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
945.16 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
2.16 Million €

Description: L'Amministrazione Comunale si è impegnata a potenziare la mobilità ciclabile e pedonale a livello urbano attraverso la realizzazione di una serie di azioni che prevedono: - potenziamento della mobilità lenta e della ciclabile, in grado di assicurare l'accessibilità ai principali nodi infrastrutturali di mobilità di scala vasta. E' stato realizzato l'ampliamento delle piste ciclabili esistenti da 10 km a 21 km; - realizzazione dei percorsi destinati al piedibus. L'Amministrazione Comunale si impegna anche a promuovere la mobilità ciclabile e pedonale mediante attività di sensibilizzazione e educazione diretta alle scuole e ai cittadini.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, EU Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
Sviluppo mobilità pedonale/ciclabile 8 Jan 2015 it
Impianti fotovoltaici su edifici comunali 8 Jan 2015 it
Sviluppo urbano sostenibile - realizzazione e adeguamento del PGT 8 Jan 2015 it
Last updated at: 31 August 2012
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