The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy-Europe is an initiative funded by the European Commission. The Covenant of Mayors is the world’s largest movement for local climate and energy actions. In Europe, over 10,000 cities and towns have joined forces to secure a better future for their citizens.
Covenant signatories voluntarily commit to building a better future for their citizens by taking action on energy and climate. They share a vision for 2050: low-carbon, resilient territories that have the capacity to adapt to climate change impacts and allow their citizens to access secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
“As elected officials we owe it to our citizens, not only to acknowledge the dangers of global warming but ensure they never actually come to pass. That’s why Stockholm joined the Covenant of Mayors.”
BOARD MEMBER KATARINA LUHR, DEPUTY MAYOR OF STOCKHOLM
Signatories to the Covenant of Mayors take action to achieve three main objectives:
• Reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40% by 2030.
• Increase resilience by adapting to climate change.
• Alleviate energy poverty.
To translate their political commitments into practical measures and projects, signatories develop, implement, and monitor a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan. The Covenant of Mayors’ Office supports cities in this process via technical assistance, capacity building, networking, updates on financing possibilities, and communications. The Office also offers knowledge-sharing opportunities via peer-learning, notably through its own twinning programme.
“We need to enact a rapid and deep transformation of our society to ensure that it is more sustainable and just for all. Recovery plans after COVID-19 should serve as an opportunity to enforce and speed up climate neutrality, which can help us tackle another crisis unfolding all over our planet – climate breakdown.”
BOARD MEMBER MARTIN HORN, LORD MAYOR OF FREIBURG
2021 stands out as a peculiar year for Europe. It is a key moment because the EU should evaluate whether we are on track to achieve the target of a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that it set over a decade ago. To keep moving ahead, the European Commission recently adopted the European Green Deal, an ambitious roadmap that aims to raise our climate goals for 2030 and paves the way to a ‘climate-neutral Europe’ by 2050.
In April 2021, the initiative entered a new phase, officially launching its renewed ambition for a fairer and climate-neutral Europe. Under this shared vision, signatories now commit to reach climate neutrality by 2050, increase their emission reduction targets, implement adaptation to climate change measures, and alleviate energy poverty through a just transition. They also commit to engage their citizens, businesses and local stakeholders in the transition, thereby contributing to the European Climate Pact.
“Through the Covenant of Mayors movement, cities and towns are taking energy and climate action to secure a better future for their citizens. The initiative is open to all local authorities that are democratically constituted with/by elected representatives, whatever their size and whatever the stage of implementation of their energy and climate policies. Join the movement!”
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