|THE COVENANT OF MAYORS - a bottom-up movement for sustainable energy roll-out|
The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020.
In order to translate their political commitment into concrete measures and projects, Covenant signatories undertake to develop and implement a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and to engage their citizens and local stakeholders in energy-related action, inter alia by organisation of Energy Days.
Who can join the Covenant of Mayors?
Covenant of Mayors is open to all local authorities democratically constituted with/by elected representatives, whatever their size and whatever the stage of implementation of their energy/climate policies.
How to join?
Local authorities willing to sign up to the Covenant of Mayors must present and discuss it in their Municipal Council (or equivalent decision-making body democratically constituted with/by elected representatives). Once a decision to sign up is formally adopted (e.g. by relevant resolution) local authorities must inform about it the European Commission. They do it by sending a message to the Covenant of Mayors Office mailbox with enclosed adhesion form. The form must be duly completed and signed by mayor or other authorized representative of the City Council. After sending the message, local authority will be then included into the public list of Covenant signatories.
When to join?
Local authorities can sign the Covenant of Mayors at any time, there is no deadline! Once a year there are organized formal Covenant signing ceremonies which give the Mayors an opprtunity to make a symbolic public signature and gain visibility at the European level.
What do the Covenant signatories commit to?
Covenant signatories aim to reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020 through energy efficiency and renewable energy actions. To reach this objective they undertake to:
What if local authorities lack competences or resources to prepare and implement their SEAPs on thier own?
If an interested local authority lacks competences or resources to prepare its action plan on its own, it can receive support from administrations with such capacities, i.e. Covenant Coordinators (CC) and Supporters (CS). A list of CC and CS may be found at the Covenant of Mayors website.
Why to join?
Potential benefits of signing the Covenant of Mayors and - as a consequence - development and implementation of a SEAP, are following:
How European Commission supports Covenant signatories?
The European Commission provides signatory cities with:
More information about the Covenant of Mayors may be found on the Covenant website: