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The Covenant in a nutshell

The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European initiative involving local and regional authorities in the fight against climate change and developing a more sustainable energy future for our cities. It is a voluntary commitment by signatories to meet and exceed the EU 20% CO2 reduction objective through increased energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources. The Covenant of Mayors was launched in 2008 by the European Commission, with the support of the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament. It provides a bottom-up support for the implementation of the EU Climate and Energy Package, adopted in 2008 by heads of state and government.

The COP21 climate agreement clearly strengthens cities and regions as players in the global arena of climate policy. From now, the success of the Paris agreement relies on its implementation on the ground – with cities and regions having a great responsibility in successful climate action at the local and regional level. To support them, the European Committee of the Regions is launching the 'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors', a group of CoR members engaged to promote the Covenant of Mayors and support local and regional climate action.


The Covenant was launched by the European Commission in 2008. It brings together local and regional authorities which voluntarily commit to implement the EU climate and energy objectives. With over 6,700 cities and regions representing over 200 million citizens having already joined, it has become one of the world’s largest climate and energy initiatives. Since its inception, the European Committee of the Regions has actively supported the Covenant and today boasts 190 of its members as signatories. In October last year the New Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy was launched, extending the initiative and asking signatories to pledge to reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and adopt an integrated approach to climate mitigation and adaptation. During COP21, the Covenant went global, reaching out to cities and regions across the world.

Reasons for CoR members to join the 'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors':

  • 'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors' will become climate ambassadors, committing to promote local and regional climate action and represent the collaboration between the Committee of the Regions and the Covenant of Mayors at major national and international events; 
  • CoR members joining the 'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors' will benefit from additional visibility on the CoR's events, activities and webpages, promoting regions and cities that are committed and/or actively contributing to Europe's energy transition and fight against global warming;
  • CoR members joining 'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors' will benefit from CoR support through knowledge exchange, particularly on financing climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. Members of the 'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors' will be able to provide best practice examples and benefit from a set of communication tools;

'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors' will be entitled to represent the cooperation between the Committee of the Regions and the Covenant of Mayors at major events on national and international levels such as COP22. In June 2016, during the CoR plenary, the CoR group of the 'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors' will be launched through a constitutive FORUM.

 

 


Joining the 'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors':
• Contact the secretariat of the ENVE Commission (CovenantFriends@cor.europa.eu ) which will provide you with all relevant information and
• Participate in the first constitutive Forum of the 'Covenant of Mayors Ambassadors' on 14 June 2016 (the day before the CoR plenary) at the CoR convened by CoR President Markku Markkula and Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič.

About the Covenant of Mayors:  The Covenant was launched by the European Commission in 2008. It brings together local and regional authorities which voluntarily commit to implement the EU climate and energy objectives. With over 6,700 cities and regions representing over 200 million citizens having already joined, it has become one of the world’s largest climate and energy initiatives. Since its inception, the European Committee of the Regions has actively supported the Covenant and today boasts 190 of its members as signatories. In October last year the New Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy was launched, extending the initiative and asking signatories to pledge to reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and adopt an integrated approach to climate mitigation and adaptation. During COP21, the Covenant went global, reaching out to cities and regions across the world.