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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.

Santa Eugènia de Berga

Mitigation (2020 target)


Mayor (or equivalent): ANNA FRANQUESA ROCA
Population: 2,233 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 1 August 2014
Status 2


Position: Segon Tinent d'Alcalde

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Province of BarcelonaSpain225


Telemanagement system for heating
Sector: Municipal buildings, equipment/facilities
Implementation timeframe: 2014 - 2015
Area of intervention: Information and Communication Technologies
Policy instrument: Energy management
Responsible body: SEAP Coordinator
CO2 reduction :
1.92 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
9.4877 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
9581.31 €

Description: S'ha instal·lat un sistema de telegestió pel sistema de calefacció de l'escola del municipi. El sistema controla dos grans circuits a partir de vàries sondes de temperatura instal·lades a les aules. S'adapta la programació a les condicions climàtiques a partir de previsions meteorològiques. S'ha millorat el confort de les aules i s'ha estalviat un 20% sobre els consums ja millorats a partir del projecte Desendolla't (que s'aplicava ja abans de la telegestió).
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Benchmarks Date Language
Telemanagement system for heating 25 Feb 2016 ca
The Desendolla't Project (Unplug Yourself Project)25 Feb 2016 en
Energy accounting system and advice on energy efficiency and energy savings for the Local Agency Energy of Osonaagency25 Feb 2016 en
Last updated at: 22 April 2016
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