“We, Mayors from all over Europe, hereby step up our climate ambitions and commit to delivering action at the pace that science dictates, in a joint effort to keep global temperature rise below 1.5℃ – the highest ambition of the Paris Agreement.
Our vision is that, by 2050, we will all be living in decarbonised and resilient cities with access to affordable, secure and sustainable energy. As part of the Covenant of Mayors – Europe movement, we will continue to (1) reduce greenhouse gas emissions on our territory, (2) increase resilience and prepare for the adverse impacts of climate change, and (3) tackle energy poverty as one key action to ensure a just transition.”
Signatory cities pledge action to support implementation of the EU 55% greenhouse gas-reduction target by 2030 and the adoption of a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
In order to translate their political commitment into practical measures and projects, Covenant signatories commit to submitting, within two years following the date of the local council decision, a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) outlining the key actions they plan to undertake.
Signatory local governments commit to submit, within two years after formal approval by the local council, a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) which specifies the actions they will undertake to reach their objectives. The local governments are asked to report on their progress every two year.
Thanks to the Covenant of Mayors, signatories benefit not only from the experience of thousands of other cities but also from a community of stakeholders that are supporting them in designing and delivering their energy and climate actions. Provinces, regions, energy agencies, associations… are joining the movement as Coordinators or Supporters to this purpose.
Since the very beginning, Energy Cities has been leading the Covenant of Mayors – Europe Office (created in 2008) and the Covenant of Mayors – Eastern Europe and South Caucasus Office (2011).
Energy Cities is also one of the official Covenant of Mayors Supporters. As such, Energy Cities has been encouraging its member cities to join the movement and demonstrating their key role in reaching the EU energy and climate objectives.
The Covenant of Mayors – Europe Office, and the Covenant of Mayors – East Office are funded by the European Commission.
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