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Covenant of Mayors - General information

What commitments do Covenant signatories have to fulfil?

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.

Signatories who are working within the 2020 timeframe (Covenant of Mayors 2020) and/or adaptation (Mayors Adapt) are invited to renew and extend their commitments from their current mitigation and/or mitigation to the - to the 2030 commitments (Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy) with a new council deliberation and a 2030 adhesion form.

  • Covenant of Mayors

Signatories who have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors between 2008 and 2015 have made the voluntary commitment to go beyond EU's 2020 targets of 20 % in terms of reduction in CO2 emissions.

  •  Mayors Adapt

Local authorities who signed up to Mayors Adapt " the Covenant of Mayors on Adaptation - between 2014 and 2016, made the political commitments to take action to adapt to climate change.

  •  Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

Since October 2015, local authorities commit to reduce their CO2 emissions (and possibly other greenhouse gas) by at least 40%, increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change and provide secured access to sustainable and affordable energy by 2030.


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