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.

Sant Hipòlit de Voltregà

Mitigation (2020 target)


Mayor (or equivalent): Xavier Vilamala i Bastarras
Population: 3,447 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 4 March 2010
Status 3


Main contact: Raül Cayuela
Position: Technician

Covenant Coordinators

Covenant Coordinators Countries Signatories
Province of BarcelonaSpain228

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Xarxa de Ciutats i Pobles cap a la Sostenibilitat (Network of Cities and Towns towards Sustainibilty)Spain180


Projecte Desendolla't a Escola Abat Oliba 2014-2015/ 2015/2016
Sector: Municipal buildings, equipment/facilities
Implementation timeframe: 2014 - 2016
Area of intervention: Energy efficiency in space heating and hot water
Policy instrument: Grants and subsidies
Responsible body: ALEO/Technical Services and Environment Department
CO2 reduction :
15.06 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
2700 €

Description: The Desendolla’t project encourages efficient energy management in schools through ICT technology and education.It brings together five target groups: students, teachers, caretakers, cleaning teams, and town council staff.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Benchmarks Date Language
Projecte Desendolla't a Escola Abat Oliba 2014-2015/ 2015/201621 Dec 2015 en
Substitució de làmpades de vapor de mercuri per vapor de sodi o altres làmpades de major rendiment23 Jul 2015 ca
Canvi de caldera d ela residència a biomassa23 Jul 2015 ca
Last updated at: 25 January 2016
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