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.


Mitigation (2020 target)


Mayor (or equivalent): Lorena Boni
Population: 7,770 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 6 April 2010
Status 3


Main contact: Lorena Boni
Position: Mayor


LED for public lighting system
Sector: Public lighting
Implementation timeframe: 2016 - 2017
Area of intervention: Energy efficiency
Policy instrument: Third party financing. PPP
Responsible body: Energy company
CO2 reduction :
102.66 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
306.462 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
593000 €

Description: L'Amministrazione Comunale ha sottoscritto un contratto con la società che gli fornisce l'energia elettrica con lo scopo di ridurre i consumi energetici riqualificando completamente l'impianto di IP e migliorando completamente il servizio. Il costo dei lavori è stato posto totalmente a carico del gestore a fronte di un canone annuo che il Comune paga per il consumo della corrente e il rimborso dell'investimento fatto; tale canone risulta essere comunque inferiore al prezzo pagato precedentemente per il solo consumo di energia. Il Comune realizza comunque un risparmio
Financing sources: Public-Private Partnerships

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LED for public lighting system24 Nov 2017 it
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Sostituzione delle caldaie con nuovi modelli a condensazione23 Nov 2017 it
Riqualificazione illuminazione pubblica23 Nov 2017 it
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