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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. , with expert knowledge of the regulatory, legislative and financial framework under which they operate - be it at the national, regional or European level - are ideally placed to provide tailored advice to signatories Signatories 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. and identify synergies with existing initiatives. They too are crucial partners of 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. , especially considering their ability to adapt the Covenant objectives and messages in a way that makes sense to the realities on the ground.

List of 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. :

Climate Alliance


Presidents of Climate Alliance (City of Rostock and City of Ghent):Holger Matthäus & Tine Heyse
Country: Germany


Main contact: Svenja Schuchmann
Position: Project officer
Phone: +49-69-71713927


Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples is the largest European network of local and regional authorities dedicated to climate protection. Climate Alliance represents more than 1,500 local authorities in 24 European countries. When becoming a member of Climate Alliance, cities and municipalities commit to the ambitious target to reduce their CO2 emissions by 10 % every 5 years and to halve them by 2030 (baseline year 1990). Climate Alliance has developed a comprehensive approach to support local authorities in their climate protection efforts and in the achievement of  their ambitious CO2 reduction targets. Simple and pragmatic tools and methods are available from the initial decision to become active in climate mitigation right up to the monitoring of the progress. As a Covenant supporter, Climate Alliance promotes the adhesion to the Covenant among its members and provides dedicated tools and methods that help signatories to set up and implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans as well as ready-made campaigns for the involvement of citizens and stakeholders. Furthermore, Climate Alliance organises dedicated exchange of experience and promotes actions and achievements of its members as a source of inspiration for other cities.

Signatories Supported

Signatories Population Adhesion Status
Bleiburg, AT3,91216 Jan 2012Adhesion
Bregenz, AT27,95012 Apr 2011Monitoring started
Lassee, AT3,50011 Jul 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Laxenburg, AT2,73623 Sep 2008Monitoring started
Munderfing, AT2,68222 Sep 2008Adhesion
Wolfurt, AT8,07520 Oct 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Banja Luka, BA250,00030 Jan 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Gent, BE247,00010 Feb 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Hasselt, BE75,99111 Dec 2008Monitoring started
Zwijndrecht, BE18,94125 Sep 2014Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Zürich, CH390,082 1 Oct 2008Monitoring started
Aachen, DE244,509 6 Jan 2009Monitoring started
Altötting, DE13,00014 Jan 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Berlin, DE3,439,13220 Jul 2010Monitoring started
Bielefeld, DE325,00019 Jun 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Bonn, DE317,00025 Mar 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Bremen, DE546,45116 Dec 2008Monitoring started
Dormagen, DE63,09723 Mar 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Dortmund, DE580,95614 Jan 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Düsseldorf, DE597,102 8 Jun 2010Monitoring started
Eggenfelden, DE13,961 5 May 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Erlangen, DE104,98029 Jul 2010Adhesion
Essen, DE573,115 8 Dec 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Esslingen am Neckar, DE91,86913 Dec 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Frankfurt am Main, DE670,00011 Dec 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Freiburg, DE220,00017 Oct 2008Monitoring started
Friedrichshafen, DE58,06813 Jul 2011Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Fürstenfeldbruck, DE35,588 7 Jul 2009Monitoring started
Hagen, DE186,00015 Dec 2011Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Hamburg, DE1,814,597 9 Dec 2008Monitoring started
Hanau, DE88,18215 Dec 2008Adhesion
Hannover, DE520,00012 Dec 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Heidelberg, DE132,16929 Jul 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Herten, DE63,00029 Sep 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Iserlohn, DE95,83417 Feb 2009Adhesion
Kaiserslautern, DE98,79026 Jan 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Karlsruhe, DE280,327 2 Mar 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Koeln, DE1,019,30025 Sep 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Landeshauptstadt Kiel, DE235,00015 May 2008Adhesion
Ludwigsburg, DE86,79328 Mar 2012Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Ludwigshafen am Rhein, DE164,351 9 May 2011Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Mainz, DE210,000 5 May 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
München, DE1,464,96210 Feb 2009Monitoring started
Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, DE39,24611 Dec 2008Monitoring started
Nürnberg, DE503,26322 Oct 2008Monitoring started
Offenbach am Main, DE124,849 9 Nov 2011Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Rheinberg, DE32,14520 Feb 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Rheine, DE76,546 9 Dec 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Rostock, DE201,096 4 Dec 2009Monitoring started
Stuttgart, DE593,84915 Jan 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Walldorf, DE14,82420 Jul 2010Adhesion
Wiesloch, DE25,89724 Mar 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Willich, DE52,87224 Mar 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Worms, DE82,04027 Jan 2010Monitoring started
Albertslund, DK27,00023 Sep 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
NANTES METROPOLE, FR580,50217 Oct 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Oxford, GB150,20029 Sep 2014Adhesion
Batumi, GE170,00015 Jul 2011Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Križevci, HR11,54112 Jul 2011Monitoring started
Nagykanizsa, HU49,65223 Feb 2012Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Ancona, IT100,50726 May 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Bolzano/Bozen, IT102,88013 Jan 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Busto Garolfo, IT13,49411 Mar 2010Monitoring started
Castellalto, IT7,45813 Apr 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Cervara di Roma, IT49011 Mar 2011Adhesion
Città di Castello, IT40,51025 Jan 2010Monitoring started
Formigine, IT33,44029 Oct 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Isera, IT2,601 9 Mar 2010Monitoring started
Jesi, IT40,87117 Dec 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Lodi, IT44,60019 Nov 2008Monitoring started
Modena, IT183,11414 Jan 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Pescara, IT123,00710 Feb 2011Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Pietracamela, IT298 1 Apr 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Beckerich, LU2,22930 Dec 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Luxembourg, LU100,00010 Dec 2012Adhesion
Remich, LU3,470 9 Oct 2015Adhesion
The Hague, NL482,51025 Nov 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Cascais, PT188,24420 Dec 2008Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Tirgu-Mures, RO144,80616 Dec 2010Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Eskilstuna, SE60,185 8 Oct 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Jokkmokk, SE5,21012 Oct 2009Monitoring started
Dolyna, UA20,69612 Jan 2009Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Myrhorod, UA41,30021 Sep 2012Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted
Sambir, UA35,05427 Nov 2012Sustainable Energy Action Plans submitted


Climate Cities Benchmarking System
Category: Methods and tools
Description: Climate Cities Benchmark provides a systematic approach for the visualisation and analysis of local actions. It is also an internet-based tool which enhances mutual learning of local authorities in sustainable energy policies and climate action. The results of the benchmarking can be incorporated in local climate action plans with the specific strengths and weaknesses in comparison to the national average value and the average and best values of the “community”, i.e. all cities participating in a certain size category. The Climate Cities Benchmark is currently being used by 200 cities in Germany.


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Last updated at: 12 February 2016
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