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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): Olga Karba
Population: 12,275 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 6 April 2011
Status 3


Main contact: Olga Karba
Position: Mayor


Photovoltaics on 4 public buildings in Ljutomer
Sector: Local electricity production
Implementation timeframe: 2013 - 2016
Area of intervention: Photovoltaics
Policy instrument: Third party financing. PPP
Responsible body: Energy manager and Municipality
CO2 reduction :
240 t CO2 eq./a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
432 MWh/a

Description: One of the measures of the Action plan for sustainable energy (Sustainable Energy Action Plan) was that the roof surfaces of buildings owned by the Municipality of Ljutomer would be rented out. In the year 2011 the solar power plants were placed at the facility of elementary schools Mala Nedelja and Stročja vas. In 2012 as well on the roof of the gym at the elementary school Ivan Cankar and Cvetko Golar in Ljutomer. In doing so, we gave students an opportunity to monitor the production of electricity.
Financing sources: Public-Private Partnerships

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Benchmarks Date Language
Photovoltaics on 4 public buildings in Ljutomer 1 Mar 2017 en
Comprehensive Energy Renovation of Primary School Cvetko Golar 1 Mar 2017 sl
Detailed Energy Audit of the Municiaplity Administration building in Ljutomer 1 Mar 2017 en
Last updated at: 28 February 2017
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