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): Robert Bernhardsson
Population: 5,210 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 12 October 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Wolfgang Mehl
Position: Miljöstrateg
Phone: 0046-971-173 05


Main contact: Silva Hermann
Position: Environmental Officer
Phone: 0046702027474

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
County council of NorrbottenSweden7

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Climate AllianceGermany89
The Climate Municipalities (Sweden - Klimatkommunerna)Sweden21


Futurize Contract of the Future
Sector: Municipal buildings, equipment/facilities
Implementation timeframe: 2012 - 2020
Area of intervention: Behavioural changes
Policy instrument: Awareness raising / training
Responsible body: Local Council
CO2 reduction :
80 t CO2 eq./a

Description: Pupils participate in local energy and climate work by reducing food waste in canteens, recycle more, switching off lights and computers. A group of pupils negotiate with the local council on committments for both sides and on incentives for energy savings. A generational and occupational gap is reduced: politicians listen more, and youths take more responsibility.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Futurize Contract of the Future22 Dec 2015 en
EPC Energy Efficiency Programme13 Nov 2015 en
Energy Advice for free13 Nov 2015 en
Last updated at: 16 October 2015
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