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): Juris Šulcs
Population: 19,722 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 24 September 2009
Status 3


Plant reconstruction by achieving high standards of energy efficiency
Sector: Industry
Implementation timeframe: 2011 - 2012
Area of intervention: Other
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: Commercial sector
CO2 reduction :
433 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
1131 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
1.02 Million €

Description: On 16th of March 2011 Ltd "Skonto Plan Ltd" has entered into agreement No KPFI-6/13 with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Republic of Latvia and with Ltd "Environmental investment fund" for implementation of the project "SIA" Skonto Plan Ltd.” plant reconstruction by achieving high standards of energy efficiency and using environmentally friendly building materials and products thus promoting carbon dioxide emissions reductions

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Plant reconstruction by achieving high standards of energy efficiency 3 Mar 2015 en
Purchase of vehicles using energy from the electricity 3 Mar 2015 en
Biomass boiler-house in Tukums City 3 Mar 2015 en
Last updated at: 10 February 2014
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