About the Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors is the world's largest movement for local climate and energy actions. Below you will find more information on the initiative; its gradual development, the objectives and the current achievements in figures.

Signatories’ vision

2050: Towards fairer, climate-neutral Europe for all

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"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."

[excerpt from the official Commitment Document]

Signatories’ commitments

Commit, Engage, Act, Network

"We [Mayors from all over Europe], commit to doing our share by undertaking the following actions:

1. COMMIT to setting mid- and long-term targets, consistent with the EU objectives, and at least as ambitious as our national targets. Our goal will be to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Considering the current climate emergency, we will make climate action our priority and communicate it to our citizens.

2. ENGAGE our citizens, businesses and governments at all levels in the implementation of this vision and in the transformation of our social and economic systems. We aim to develop a local climate pact with all the players who will help us reach those objectives.

3. ACT, now and together, to get on track and accelerate the necessary transition. We will develop, implement and report -within the established deadlines, an action plan to reach our targets. Our plans will include provisions on how to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while remaining inclusive.

4. NETWORK with fellow Mayors and local leaders, in Europe and beyond, to get inspiration from each other. We will encourage them to join us in the Global Covenant of Mayors movement, wherever they are in the world, would they embrace the objectives and vision described herein."

[excerpt from the official Commitment Document]

city journey ENSignatory 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.

Click on the image to discover a city's journey as part of the Covernant of Mayors!

The plan will feature a Baseline Emission Inventory to track mitigation actions and a Climate Risks and Vulnerability Assessment. The adaptation strategy can either be part of the SECAP or developed and mainstreamed in a separate planning document.

This bold political commitment marks the beginning of a long-term process with cities committed to reporting every two years on the implementation progress of their plans.

 

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     Covenant of Mayors - Stepping up action for a fairer, climate-neutral Europe