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  Covenant Quarterly Newsletter August 2015  
       
 
An ever stronger Covenant of Mayors!

New vision and ambition ahead of Paris Climate Summit

The Covenant of Mayors has long been praised as the EU climate success story. As the block is striving to maintain its leadership role in the framework of climate negotiations, the Covenant has become a European model to export, soon to be assorted with renewed ambition and scope of action.

 
   

On the occasion of the 2015 Covenant of Mayors Ceremony, which will take place on 15 October in the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels, the signatory Signatory Signatories represent cities, with different size from small villages to major metropolitan areas such as London or Paris, that have signed the Covenant of Mayors on a voluntary manner and are committed to implement sustainable energy policies to meet and exceed the EU 20% CO2 reduction objective through increased energy efficiency and development of renewable energy sources. cities will endorse a new post-2020 vision and commitment, as a follow-up to the new 2030 energy and climate package adopted by EU member states. An open consultation has just been launched by the Covenant of Mayors Office Covenant of Mayors Office The Covenant of Mayors Office (CoMO), established and funded by the European Commission, is responsible for the coordination and daily management of the initiative. It provides signatories with administrative support and technical guidance, facilitates networking between Covenant stakeholders and ensures the promotion of their activities. The CoMO is managed by a consortium of European networks representing local and regional authorities, led by Energy-Cities and composed of CEMR, CLIMATE ALLIANCE, EUROCITIES and Fedarene. to seek views from local authorities on this renewed ambition and the extent to which they are ready to go beyond it, also considering targets for energy efficiency and renewables. Developed by the Covenant of Mayors Office Covenant of Mayors Office The Covenant of Mayors Office (CoMO), established and funded by the European Commission, is responsible for the coordination and daily management of the initiative. It provides signatories with administrative support and technical guidance, facilitates networking between Covenant stakeholders and ensures the promotion of their activities. The CoMO is managed by a consortium of European networks representing local and regional authorities, led by Energy-Cities and composed of CEMR, CLIMATE ALLIANCE, EUROCITIES and Fedarene. with the cooperation and support of the Committee of the Regions, the survey will provide a bottom-up opportunity to reinforce the existing Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
and associated objectives.

In addition, the Covenant Ceremony will be held jointly with the Mayors Adapt one, as part of one and unique Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
movement.

Mark your calendar

Registration to the Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Ceremony be launched by the beginning of September, while the deadline to take part in the open consultation on the future of Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
is 23 September.

In the framework of the December COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, the European Commission European Commission The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union. The body is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union’s treaties and the general day-to-day running of the Union. With the Covenant of Mayors initiative, the European Commission - DG Energy endorses and supports the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies. is expected to officially launch the new Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
and its much-anticipated global chapter. The EU-CELAC Mayors summit and the EU-China Urbanisation Forum recently provided opportunities to discuss with mayors from Latin America, the Caribbean and China the conditions of success for climate partnerships with local authorities in these regions and how the principles of the Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
model could be replicated in other parts of the world. Two events co-organised by Covenant Supporters Covenant Supporters The European Commission defines “Covenant Supporters” as European, national and regional networks and associations of local authorities which leverage their lobbying, communication and networking activities to promote the Covenant of Mayors initiative and support the commitments of its signatories. in Lyon and Bonn also examined the possible contours of a global Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
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Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
on everyone’s lips

In the aftermath of the Ukrainian gas crisis, the Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
has taken a very prominent position in EU policies and legislation. Representative mayors from the movement were the first stakeholders to meet with Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič after he introduced his Energy Union proposal. Referenced as a “key action” in the EU energy security strategy, the Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
also features in the newly released European Commission European Commission The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union. The body is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union’s treaties and the general day-to-day running of the Union. With the Covenant of Mayors initiative, the European Commission - DG Energy endorses and supports the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies. legislative proposal for the internal energy market.

There is an ever growing list of MEPs, associations and NGOs who never miss an opportunity to highlight the Covenant model and success. But on top of the “usual suspects”, it seems industry has also been taking a closer look, as the Chief Economist for RWE, one of Germany’s biggest utility, pointed to the “work being done by the European Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
in terms of cities taking the lead on policy action throughout Europe”.

More recently, the pope himself also engaged with Mayors to produce a joint declaration on climate change and bolster the ambition to build socially-inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities.

The first half of 2015 was a great semester for the Covenant of Mayors Covenant of Mayors The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
. Future developments seem to indicate that the best is yet to come. Stay tuned !

 
     
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