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): Jef Bobbaers
Population: 7,093 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 24 November 2011
Status 3


Main contact: Sophie Dommershausen


Main contact: Ellen Kossig

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Province of LimburgBelgium44


Jaarlijkse actie 'ZoDichtblij'
Sector: Others
Implementation timeframe: 2011 - 2020
Area of intervention: Other
Policy instrument: Awareness raising / training
Responsible body: Environmental service, sustainability officer
CO2 reduction :
282.28 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
887.4 €

Description: “Met Belgerinkel naar de Winkel” is een jaarlijkse sensibilisatiecampagne in de maand mei die het fietsen van en naar de buurtwinkel wil promoten, i.s.m met de Vlaamse gemeenten. “Met Belgerinkel naar de winkel” is een campagne met veel facetten en grote partners (UNIZO, CM, Gezinsbond, Fietsersbond,...). Het project promoot de lokale handel, bevordert de gezondheid door een portie dagelijkse beweging en draagt bij tot een betere leef- en woonomgeving. Kort samengevat is de formule als volgt: fietsende klanten krijgen telkens zij met de fiets winkelen bij een deelnemende handelaar een kans om mee te dingen naar mooie prijzen in Vlaamse en lokale prijzenpot. Tot 2013 verzamelden zij deze kansen met een spaarkaart, sinds 2014 kan iedere rit afzonderlijk gevalideerd worden via een eigen systeem van Belgerinkelloten met unieke codes.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, Other

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