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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): Gérard Collomb
Population: 1,300,000 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 24 September 2008
Status 3


Main contact: Luce Ponsar
Position: Project manager

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories


ECORENO'V : housing energetic refurbishment platform
Sector: Residential buildings
Implementation timeframe: 2011 - 2020
Area of intervention: Building envelope
Policy instrument: Grants and subsidies
Responsible body: Aurélie SAUVIGNET
CO2 reduction :
3800 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
7 Million €
Jobs created:
Nb of lodgments:

Description: Lyon Metropole's eco-refurbishment platform was launched in 2015 after a 2-year experimentation phase. The experimentation phase helped setting the right objectives in terms of energetic performance, level of grants and mobilization of patners. ECORENO'V is now operational with more that 1200 private lodgments financed.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, National Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
ECORENO'V : housing energetic refurbishment platform30 Nov 2016 en
Lyon Eco Energy = energy free consultancy for small businesses30 Nov 2016 en
Active Modes Plan30 Nov 2016 en
Last updated at: 26 May 2017
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