The 9,000+ cities and towns part of the EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy are all working towards the same goals:
- Accelerating decarbonization,
- Increasing their resilience to climate change,
- Alleviating energy poverty.
When joining, local governments commit to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan aimed at achieving a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions, setting up measures to adapt to the climate change impacts and to ensure access to sustainable, secure and affordable energy to all of their citizens. They must report on their progress every two year after the adoption of their local action plan.
Signatories are supported in their endeavor by over 190 national and sub-national entities (Regions and Provinces, energy agencies, etc.), and 180 associations. The Covenant of Mayors – Europe Office provides the whole Covenant of Mayors Community with tailored information, tools and methods to deliver on their commitments.
The Covenant of Mayors – Europe Office is one of the regional offices of the Global Covenant of Mayors.
Local authorities play a leading role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Participation in the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy supports them in this endeavor, by providing them the recognition, resources and networking opportunities necessary to take their energy and climate commitments to the next level.
The interactive funding guide gathers information on the funding initiatives managed by the European Union, the Member States and key financial institutions such as the European Investment Bank. Next to these, the guide includes information about support services and innovative financing schemes.
Jointly developed by the Covenant of Mayors – Europe Office and the European Environment Agency, it is the main adaptation resource for the Covenant community needed to develop and implement an adaptation strategy through valuable guidance materials and tools. An updated version of the tool was released early 2019.
The Covenant of Mayors online Library offers you a wide range of useful resources such as the Covenant core documents, technical materials, thematic leaflets, event reports, webinar recordings and many more.
Guidebook ‘How to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)’ – Part 1: The SECAP process, step-by-step towards low-carbon and climate-resilient cities by 2030
Guidebook ‘How to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)’ – Part 2: Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI) and Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA)
Guidebook ‘How to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)’ – Part 3: Policies, key actions, good practices for mitigation and adaptation to climate change and Financing SECAP(s)
Adhesion Form for Joint Action Plan – Option 1
[Infographics] Covenant of Mayors – Europe: 2018 in review
And much more here!