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)Adaptation


Mayor (or equivalent): Hubert (H.M.F) Bruls
Population: 170,739 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 26 May 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Fons Claessen
Position: sr. consultant sustainability


Green Delta Nijmegen
Sector: Local electricity production
Implementation timeframe: 2015 - 2015
Area of intervention: Photovoltaics
Policy instrument: Third party financing. PPP
Responsible body: GDF Suez
CO2 reduction :
428 t CO2 eq./a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
850 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
800000 €

Description: The coal fired plant of GDF Suez in NIjmegen is colsed in 2016. The area will be transformed in a sustainable energy park called thd Green Delta, starting with a solar park in which citzens can participate.
Financing sources: Other

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Benchmarks Date Language
Green Delta Nijmegen11 Feb 2015 en
Citizens Green Power Plant De Grift 9 Feb 2015 en
Additional regional green energy procurement 9 Feb 2015 en
Seven Hills Run school investment project 9 Feb 2015 en
Last updated at: 17 September 2013
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