Illustration Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters are defined as not-for-profit organisations (associations of local and regional authorities, networks, thematic agencies …) with the capacity to promote the Covenant of Mayors and to mobilise and support their members and/or local authorities to reach the Covenant of Mayors’ objectives.

They take action on their territories and areas of expertise (e.g. energy, environment, water, air), and at different levels of governance (e.g. European, national, and regional/local) to promote the Covenant of Mayors initiative and support the commitments of their signatories. With expert knowledge of the regulatory, legislative and financial framework under which they operate - be it at the local/regional, national or European level – Covenant Supporters are ideally placed to provide tailored advice to signatories and identify synergies with existing initiatives.

Energy Cities


Mayor of Heidelberg - President of Energy Cities:Eckart Würzner
Country: France


Main contact: Jean-Pierre Vallar
Position: General Secretary
Phone: +33 381 653 685


Energy Cities' main objective is to support European local authorities, in particular its members as they join the Covenant. To assist them in their local measures aimed at a minimum 20% reduction in CO2 emissions on their territory by 2020, the European network: - Publishes its members’ initiatives and action plans as a source of inspiration for other cities, - Encourages the exchange of experience and expertise between member signatories, - Informs about available tools aimed at preparing and implementing sustainable energy action plans, - Relays the expectations of the signatories to the European institutions via a Covenant of Mayors task force created within the Energy Cities Board, - Informs its members about developments in the EU energy and climate policy.

Signatories Supported

Signatories Population Adhesion Status
Gent, BE247,00010 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Genève, CH191,360 4 Apr 2010Action Plans submitted
Frankfurt am Main, DE670,00011 Dec 2008Monitoring started
Heidelberg, DE144,94829 Jul 2008Action Plans submitted
München, DE1,464,96210 Feb 2009Monitoring started
Ordis, ES37228 Jan 2010Action Plans submitted
Pamplona, ES198,000 2 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Helsinki, FI628,208 7 Jan 2009Monitoring started
AMIENS métropole, FR177,34516 Dec 2009Adhesion
Besançon, FR116,10010 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Brest Métropole, FR215,64711 Dec 2009Monitoring started
Castelnau-Le-Lez, FR16,000 9 Aug 2009Action Plans submitted
Chambéry métropole, FR125,000 4 Jun 2009Action Plans submitted
Clermont-Ferrand, FR139,00626 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Communauté urbaine de STRASBOURG, FR474,00014 Dec 2009Action Plans submitted
Echirolles, FR35,03724 Mar 2009Monitoring started
GRAND DOLE, FR54,00015 Jan 2009Adhesion
Grenoble, FR162,80017 Nov 2008Action Plans submitted
GRENOBLE-ALPES-METROPOLE (La métro), FR450,00017 Oct 2008Monitoring started
L'Haÿ-les-Roses, FR29,67110 Dec 2009Action Plans submitted
Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération, FR252,00018 Dec 2008Action Plans submitted
Mundolsheim, FR5,04510 May 2010Adhesion
NANTES METROPOLE, FR600,00017 Oct 2008Monitoring started
Paris, FR2,265,88616 Dec 2008Monitoring started
QUIMPER COMMUNAUTE, FR90,28319 Mar 2010Action Plans submitted
Rennes, FR206,655 8 Dec 2008Adhesion
Rennes Métropole, FR403,95018 Dec 2008Action Plans submitted
Sénart, FR99,594 5 Feb 2009Action Plans submitted
Sète, FR43,000 9 Dec 2009Action Plans submitted
Strasbourg, FR273,00014 Dec 2009Adhesion
Toulouse, FR439,55317 Dec 2010Action Plans submitted
Milton Keynes, GB241,50024 Nov 2009Monitoring started
Newcastle upon Tyne, GB284,30015 Jan 2008Monitoring started
Ptolemaida Eordea, GR32,142 4 Sep 2008Action Plans submitted
Koprivnica, HR30,87229 Jul 2010Monitoring started
Rijeka, HR144,04310 Feb 2009Monitoring started
Zagreb, HR790,01730 Oct 2008Monitoring started
Cork County, IE361,76614 Mar 2011Action Plans submitted
Mercogliano, IT12,51824 May 2010Adhesion
Potenza, IT69,060 9 Feb 2011Action Plans submitted
Riga, LV650,64030 Sep 2008Action Plans submitted
Heerlen, NL89,38527 Oct 2008Action Plans submitted
Zoetermeer, NL121,580 2 Mar 2009Action Plans submitted
Porto, PT238,954 4 Nov 2008Monitoring started
Aiud, RO28,93428 Aug 2008Monitoring started
Slobozia, RO51,77811 Aug 2008Action Plans submitted
Isle of Öland, SE24,64011 Jan 2011Action Plans submitted
Malmö, SE320,00017 Nov 2008Monitoring started
Örebro, SE140,00022 Apr 2008Action Plans submitted
Nilüfer, TR350,000 2 Jul 2014Action Plans submitted


BELIEF – Local Intelligent Energy Forums
Category: Awareness raising
Description: The successful implementation of sustainable energy policies requires not only the firm commitment from the side of local authorities, but also the involvement of citizens and local stakeholders. Local Intelligent Energy Forums are designed to contribute to meet this challenge. Based on the concept of energy citizenship, Local Intelligent Energy Forums represent a visionary approach that brings the local governance to a whole new level. The ultimate objective of this unique initiative is the creation of Sustainable Energy Communities, where both local authorities and citizens work together to bring about a desirable energy future of their municipality. Local Intelligent Energy Forums turned out to be a perfect solution to shortcomings of conventional approaches. With the lack of a real citizens’ participation, it is often difficult to implement the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) of a given municipality, no matter how well-prepared it would be. For this reason, a more concerted and co-ordinated approach is necessary. Apart from conceiving the energy policy through the exchange of thoughts between particular actors, Local Intelligent Energy Forums allow to involve the citizens and local stakeholders in a further implementation of the SEAP. The experience of 20 local authorities from 11 European countries demonstrates that such an approach is much more effective than traditional solutions. Rather than implement a set of dispersed actions, particular cities involved in the BELIEF (Building in Europe Local Intelligent Energy Forums) project decided to rely on a more co-ordinated local energy policy.


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Last updated at: 8 March 2016
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