Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – Europe

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is the world's largest movement for local and regional climate and energy actions. It brings together over 10.000 cities all over Europe, committing together to reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – Europe

Why a Covenant of Mayors? 

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy – Europe (CoM-Europe) brings together thousands of local governments that want to secure a better future for their citizens. By joining the initiative, they voluntarily commit to implementing EU climate and energy objectives. 

The Covenant of Mayors was launched in 2008 in Europe. Not only did the initiative introduce a first-of-its-kind bottom-up approach to energy and climate action, but its success quickly went beyond expectations. 

The Global Covenant of Mayors, launched in 2015, has been capitalising on the experience gained in Europe and beyond, and is building upon the key success factors of the initiative: its bottom-up governance, its multi-level cooperation model and its context-driven framework for action. 

A reference for energy and climate action 

From the beginning, the Covenant of Mayors initiative has been designed to provide local governments, in highly diversified national contexts, with a framework for their local energy and climate action based on 4 principles: 

  • Consistency and transparency thanks to a common reporting framework for all 
  • Flexibility and adjustability of the common framework to better take specific needs and local realities into account 
  • Evaluation of the data reported by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (signatories may be suspended in case of non-compliance)   
  • Promotion and exchange of experience via the website news, social media, online and offline events…

The Covenant of Mayors’ song

With the support of the European Commission


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