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New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy: What does it mean in practice? - Commitment Document and Q&As
New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy: What does it mean in practice? - Commitment Document and Q&As
30 October 2015 - 15:23

"We, the Mayors signing this Covenant, share a vision for a sustainable future - whatever the size of our municipality or its location on the world map. This common vision drives our action to tackle interconnected challenges: climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable energy. Together, we stand ready to deliver concrete, long term measures that provide an environmentally, socially and economically stable environment to present and future generations. It is our collective responsibility to build more sustainable, attractive, liveable, resilient and energy efficient territories."

Since 2009 onwards, some 6,500 local authorities have already committed to the 2020 CO2 reduction objective. As part of the "New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy", signatory cities will pledge action to support implementation of the new 2030 EU targets, a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and the extension of the initiative to a more global scope.

Three new pillars: 2030 horizon, integration of mitigation & adaptation and the international dimension

Last summer, the European Commission launched a consultation process with the support of the European Committee of the Regions to collect cities’ views on the possible orientations of a new Covenant of Mayors. The response was unanimous: 97% called for a new target beyond 2020. The majority also endorsed the 2030 objectives for a minimum 40% CO2 reduction, 27% increase in energy efficiency and renewables, and supported the integration of mitigation and adaptation to climate change under a common umbrella.

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