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The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

What is new in the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy?

Vision, ambition and scope of action

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy was launched on 15 October 2015 at the Joint Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt Ceremony, where a long-term vision and new commitments towards 2030 were endorsed.

This initiative defines renewed commitment(s) and a shared long-term vision in order to tackle interconnected challenges: climate change mitigation, adaptation and access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy for all.

The vision is threefold and includes:

  1. Accelerating the decarbonisation of our territories, thus contributing to keeping average global warming below 2°C;
  2. Strengthening our capacities to adapt to unavoidable climate change impacts, thus making our territories more resilient;
  3. Increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources on our territories, thus ensuring universal access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy services for all.

The initiative also proposes a new “global chapter” by inviting signatories to share their vision, results, experience and know-how with fellow local and regional authorities within the EU and beyond via decentralised cooperation and city-to-city twinning.

Commitments

By 2030, signatories commit to reducing carbon emissions across their territory by at least 40%, to increasing their resilience to the impacts of climate change and strengthening their efforts to provide access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy for all.

To translate commitments into action, a signatory commits to submitting a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) within two years following the local council decision and formal signing, including the mainstreaming of adaptation considerations into relevant policies, strategies and plans.

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