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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): Klaus Pleil
Population: 35,588 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 7 July 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Anja Wendler
Position: Climate change and energy agent

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89


Municipal support programm for refurbishing
Sector: Others
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2020
Area of intervention: Other
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: SG 21, Klimaschutz
CO2 reduction :
1900 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
5700 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
650000 €

Description: Since 2010, the city of Fürstenfeldbruck supports building owners refurbishing their property by subsidizing activities that lead to more energy efficiency. The support program can be combined with the national energy efficiency credit programs (KfW). The conditions for receiving the subsidies are evaluated and adapted regularly. The CO2 reduction and energy savings are calculated by the end of 2020 and given per year. The implementation costs are cumulated from 2008 till 2020.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Municipal support programm for refurbishing31 Jan 2017 en
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Last updated at: 20 June 2013
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