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.


Mitigation (2020 target)


Mayor (or equivalent): Evangelos Evangelidis
Population: 19,594 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 29 May 2014
Status 2


Main contact: Eleni Kirlappou
Position: EU Affairs Officer


Smart Industrial City Aradippou
Sector: Industry
Implementation timeframe: 2016 - 2020
Area of intervention: Other
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: Aradippou
CO2 reduction :
717 t CO2 eq./a

Description: "Smart Industrial City Aradippou" is an Investment Strategy which focuses on economic development of the territory, simultaneously with the effort to reduce pollutants in order to make the municipality an Intelligent City with almost zero energy balance. This strategy includes three main priorities for investment activity which are Energy, Trade and Land Development. These priorities are applied in both Residential and Industrial Area of the Municipality
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, EU Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
Smart Industrial City Aradippou27 Feb 2016 en
Energy Performance Contracting27 Feb 2016 en
Energy Audit to the Town Hall27 Feb 2016 el
Last updated at: 14 November 2016
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