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.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat


European Executive Committee Chair:Evelyne Huytebroeck
Country: Germany


Main contact: Giorgia Rambelli
Position: Officer


ICLEI Europe is a network of local governments and city networks / associations that are committed to addressing local sustainability. It links to the global ICLEI network, and works with local governments - large and small - in projects, by offering services and conducting advocacy on their behalf. Climate protection and sustainable energy form core elements of the organisation's approach. As part of its commitment, ICLEI will: (i) Promote the Covenant of Mayors towards its members, as well as other city or partner organisations; (ii) Support the exchange of experiences between communities; (iii) Provide services to local governments, Covenant Coordinators and Covenant Supporters, including a wide range of expertise and tools (e.g. how to conduct a BEI, how to develop a SEAP, how to monitor developments, etc..) - also refer to


Category: Methods and tools
Description: Local governments across Europe are engaging in sustainable energy planning and action and they are often searching for guidance and advice to develop or further improve their SEAPs. Many methodologies and tools are offered by subnational governments, energy agencies and city networks – many of whom are also active as Supporting Structures of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) either as Covenant Coordinators of Covenant Supporters (C&S). The online Toolbox of Methodologies on Climate and Energy was developed to centralise Guidance for Local Governments and their Partners. It is as a growing collection of good practice methodologies and resources covering a wide range of topics relevant to local climate and energy action. It has been developed with the user in mind and is a comprehensive online database available in several languages. It addresses the typical steps, as well as different actors and fields of action relevant to SEAP development – from setting targets and monitoring to financing actions and engaging citizens. The design was developed to use intuitive approaches such as images. These images, referred to as icons, besides having aesthetical benefits, reduce quite extensively the need for text, therefore limiting the use of a specific language that might be not a working language for most of the users. The Toolbox is active and continuously being improved, with an increasing number of registered users adding a growing amount of useful resources and tools. The Toolbox intends to be a “live” tool that by its own nature will never be “finalized” in the traditional sense, since there will be always room for improvement and further enrichment of the quality and number of resources collected in it. To ensure it is continuously developed, registered users are invited to add other useful tools and methodologies, add comments, and evaluate the guidance material in the Toolbox; users can delete and upload only the resources they have contributed. To ask for a modific


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