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): Françoise SCHEPMANS
Population: 95,576 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 17 December 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Nicodème Lonfils
Position: Energy advisor
Phone: 0032 2 563 13 03


Programme PLAGE
Sector: Municipal buildings, equipment/facilities
Implementation timeframe: 2011 - 2020
Area of intervention: Integrated action (all above)
Policy instrument: Energy management
Responsible body: Service énergie / services techniques
CO2 reduction :
300 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
350000 €

Description: Saint-Jean participe activement au projet PLAGE (Plan Local d’Action pour la Gestion Energétique), un programme d’économie d’énergie lancé par la Région de Bruxelles- Capitale. Objectif : diminuer de 25% la consommation globale d’énergie de la centaine de bâtiments communaux (écoles, administration, crèches, bibliothèques, infrastructures sportives...). Projet PLAGE : 10 bâtiments prioritaires mis au régime énergétique. La maîtrise de celles-ci est primordiale quand on sait que sur la centaine de bâtiments communaux, les dix bâtiments PLAGE représentent 50% des consommations d’énergie.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Last updated at: 27 February 2017
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