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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)2030 CO2 targetAdaptation


Mayor (or equivalent): Karin Wanngård
Population: 829,417 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 24 August 2016
Status 3


Main contact: Malin Parmander
Position: International Affairs officer

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
The Climate Municipalities (Sweden - Klimatkommunerna)Sweden21


Sustainable Järva
Sector: Municipal buildings, equipment/facilities
Implementation timeframe: 2008 - 2020
Area of intervention: Integrated action (all above)
Policy instrument: Energy management
Responsible body: City of Stockholm/subsidiaries
CO2 reduction :
27500 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
220000 MWh/a

Description: The Sustainable Järva project is one example of refurbishment, and aim to create a model for sustainable renovations in the Million Programme area. One third of the homes in Sweden were built as part of the Million Homes Programme in the 1960s and more than 200 million Europeans live in similar properties. Halved energy consumption, energy from renewable sources and a good indoor climate are some of the targets. The goal is also to install local renewable energy sources. In Järva 10.000 m2 solar cells will be built. The solar cells installation is one of Swedens largest investments in solar energy Green transport will be promoted through an extensive network of bicycle paths. Other elements include informing and educating local residents on climate and environmental issues.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, National Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
Sustainable Järva18 Feb 2015 en
Climate Smart Stockholmers - climate communication with the stockholmers18 Feb 2015 en
Congestion tax in Stockholm18 Feb 2015 en
Clean Vehicles in Stockholm18 Feb 2015 en
Last updated at: 10 February 2016
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