Illustration Signatories

The fight against climate change will be won or lost in urban areas. A vast majority of the European population lives and works in cities, consuming an estimated 80% of the energy used in the EU. Local administrations, as the closest government level to citizens are ideally placed to address climate issues in a comprehensive manner. More and more cities are thus deciding to take up the challenge, as shown by the growing number of Covenant of Mayors signatories.

Signatory cities vary in size from small villages to major metropolitan areas such as London or Paris.

The commitments for Covenant Signatories are linked to the European Union’s Climate and energy policy framework. These include the European Union’s climate and energy package for 2020 for signatories who have joined between 2008 and 2015 and the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy framework as well as the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change for signatories joining after 2015.

As of October 2015, Covenant signatories commit to adopting an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation. They are required to develop Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans with the aims of cutting CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and increasing resilience to climate change within the first two years of adhesion.

The list of cities that have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors can be found below.

Villa Cortese

Mitigation (2020 target)


Mayor (or equivalent): Alessandro Barlocco
Population: 6,113 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 24 November 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Andrea Sfondrini


Main contact: Marco Travaini

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Province of MilanItaly91


Riqualifica e potenziamento della rete ciclabile urbana
Sector: Transport
Implementation timeframe: 2012 - 2020
Area of intervention: Road network optimisation
Policy instrument: Other
Responsible body: "Responsabile del Servizio Opere Pubbliche, Ambiente e Sportello Unico Attività Produttive Settore Tecnico - Comune di Villa Cortese (MI) ing. Andrea SFONDRINI"
CO2 reduction :
1.25 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
20000 €

Description: L'intervento si inserisce nel tema della mobilità sostenibile ed alternativa al mezzo tradizionale privato, rappresentato dall'auto. L'intervento analizza la situazione dello stato di fatto delle piste ciclabili fruibili dalla cittadinanza.

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Riqualifica e potenziamento della rete ciclabile urbana12 Oct 2017 it
Produzione di energia da fonte rinnovabile - l'Amministrazione come esempio: settore fotovoltaico12 Oct 2017 it
Interventi per il risparmio energetico sugli edifici comunali (involucro)12 Oct 2017 it
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