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.

Villasanta

2020 CO2 target

Signatory

Mayor (or equivalent): Enrico Fontana
Population: 12,951 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 9 March 2009
Status 3

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Province of Monza and BrianzaItaly18

Benchmarks

PIEDIBUS
Sector: Transport
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2020
Area of intervention: Modal shift to public transport
Policy instrument: Transport mobility planning regulation
Responsible body: Municipality
KEY FIGURES
CO2 reduction :
256.07 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
400 €

Description: Il Pedibus è uno scuolabus per pedoni, utilizzando il quale i bambini vanno a scuola a piedi e in gruppo. Ogni gruppo è guidato e chiuso da due o più adulti. I bambini "salgono" dal Pedibus (ovvero entrano nel gruppo) presso apposite "fermate" in luoghi e orari prestabiliti.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Benchmarks Date Language
PIEDIBUS27 Jan 2015 it
SPORTELLO AL CITTADINO INFOENERGIA27 Jan 2015 it
PROGETTI EDUCAZIONE AMBIENTALE27 Jan 2015 it
Last updated at: 17 September 2012
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