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): Renzo Sulli
Population: 35,037 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 24 March 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Agnès Quesne
Position: Responsable service environnement et développement durable

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories
Energy CitiesFrance50


Inciter à l amarche pour decouvrir le territoire et favoriser la mobilité
Sector: Transport
Implementation timeframe: 2013 - 2014
Area of intervention: Modal shift to walking and cycling
Policy instrument: Awareness raising / training
Responsible body: SEDD
CO2 reduction :
1 t CO2 eq./a
Implementation cost (€):
60000 €

Description: Le projet de Carrefour de mobilité a été initié début 2013 par la société Transdev en partenariat avec la ville d’Échirolles et le syndicat des transports public. Cette expérience visait à repositionner le piéton au cœur du système de de mobilité. Pour cela des solutions travaillant sur l’éclairage , la signalétique adaptée, le mobilier, les services ont été testées selon une méthodologie réactive.
Financing sources: Public-Private Partnerships

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Benchmarks Date Language
Inciter à l amarche pour decouvrir le territoire et favoriser la mobilité10 Mar 2015 fr
Renouvellement urbain à basse consommation d'énergie 6 Feb 2015 fr
Rénovation "basse consommation" d'une école primaire 6 Feb 2015 fr
Rénovation du logement à vocation sociale (projet UE URBACT) 6 Feb 2015 fr
Last updated at: 20 June 2013
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