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): Bernard Debreu
Population: 12,333 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 12 December 2014
Status 3


Main contact: Nicolas Vanvincq
Position: Chargé de mission Agenda 21


Centrale photovoltaïque en autoconsommation
Sector: Local electricity production
Implementation timeframe: 2017 - 2018
Area of intervention: Photovoltaics
Policy instrument: Building standards
Responsible body: Ville de Seclin
CO2 reduction :
3.69 t CO2 eq./a
Renewable energy produced (MWh):
45 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
90000 €

Description: Ce projet s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une rénovation de l’ancien théâtre, bâtiment situé dans le parc de la Ramie et mémoire architecturale du passé industriel (filature) de Seclin. Dans le cadre de la rénovation du site, la production d’énergie renouvelable a été étudiée, permettant de répondre à notre objectif municipal de production d’énergie renouvelable. La consommation de l’énergie renouvelable produite, au plus proche du lieu de production est un axe prioritaire de la démarche. Le site dispose d’une consommation importante d’électricité (32 000 €/ an en moyenne), liée notamment aux consommations de chauffage, de production de froid (épicerie solidaire) et de production d’eau chaude sanitaire. C’est pourquoi, il est prévu de mettre en place une centrale photovoltaïque, priorisant l’autoconsommation, en lien avec la rénovation du site.
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources, National Funds & Programmes

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Benchmarks Date Language
Centrale photovoltaïque en autoconsommation31 Jan 2018 fr
Marché d"'achat d'électricité 100% renouvelable30 Jan 2018 fr
Chauffe eau solaire thermodynamique pour les bassins de la piscine de Seclin30 Jan 2018 fr
Last updated at: 17 February 2016
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