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.

Signatories represent cities that vary in size from small villages to major metropolitan areas such as London or Paris. Within a year following their signature, Covenant signatories commit to implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans on their territory, with the aim of cutting CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020.

The list of cities that have signed up to the Covenant may be found below.

Gent

2020 CO2 target2030 CO2 targetAdaptation

Signatory

Mayor (or equivalent): Daniël Termont
Population: 247,000 inhabitants
Website: http://www.gent.be

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 10 February 2009
Status 2

Contact

Main contact: Cathy De Bruyne
Position: coordinator-expert Environmental Service

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany86
Energy CitiesFrance51
EUROCITIESBelgium107

Benchmarks

Pilot Energy Coaching
Sector: Industry
Implementation timeframe: 2012 - 2014
Area of intervention: Other
Policy instrument: Energy management
Responsible body: Service of Environment and Climate
KEY FIGURES
CO2 reduction :
1820 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
7397 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
40000 €

Description: This project addressed companies with a minimum annual consumption 1000 MWh, willing to reduce their energy consumption. Fifteen Ghent companies stepped in a pilot project of energy coaching. The main target is the structural implementation of energy management. Together they provided for a reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 1,820 tons of CO2 and a financial savings of no less than EUR 360 000. The project is a bottom up idea of stakeholders indicating that this is what companies really need. Ghent received a Climate Star Award in 2014 and is nominated for the Belfius Smart Cities Award 2015 for this approach.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, EU Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
Pilot Energy Coaching16 Jan 2015 en
City renewal project Ledeberg Leeft16 Jan 2015 en
Remediation public lighting16 Jan 2015 en
Last updated at: 30 June 2016
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