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): Christophe Ferrari
Population: 450,000 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 17 October 2008
Status 3


Main contact: Myriam Wuyam
Position: Direction des contractualisations et de l'environnement

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Energy CitiesFrance50


Sector: Residential buildings
Implementation timeframe: 2010 - 2014
Area of intervention: Building envelope
Policy instrument: Grants and subsidies
Responsible body: Management of the energy transition
CO2 reduction :
6000 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
13.2 €

Description: Significantly improve the insulation and comfort of private condominiums built in the agglomeration between 1945 and 1975, in an effort to save energy and combat global warming. This incentive, support and accompaniment scheme for the thermal renovation of private condominiums, which ended in 2014, was also aimed at reducing the energy insecurity of the poorest households. The condominiums involved in this wall-wall campaign received exceptional financial support (up to 90% of the price of the work) paid by Metro and its partners (condominium subsidies and individual grants). They also benefited from free technical and administrative support throughout the project, provided by professionals from the ALEC and the Pact de l'Isère.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, National Funds & Programmes, Public-Private Partnerships, Other

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Last updated at: 8 March 2018
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