Project details

Convenant of Mayors

Project target

The European Union (EU) plays a leading role in the international struggle against climate change and has declared climate protection to be one of its main priorities. Its ambitious goals are presented in the climate and energy package of the EU by which the member states are obliged to reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 20%. With their official undertaking to go beyond this target by implementing action plans for sustainable enery, the signatories to the covenant of mayors contribute to achieving these political goals.

Time periodJuly 2011 till ongoing
Target groupCities in Europe
Project idea

The regional or local authorities must adopt a leading role for the implementation of sustainable energy policy and be recognised and supported in their endeavours. The Covenant  of Mayors is an ambitious initiative of the European Commission, with which the most progressive European cities take the lead in the struggle againt climate change by implementing intelligent, local, sustainable energy policy, by which stable local jobs are created, the quality of life of the residents is improved and decisive social issues are incorporated.

The official undertaking of the signatories is implemented in specific measures and projects. The signatory cities are willing to report on the execution of their action plans, and agree to their assessment and monitoring by the European Commission.

Local authorities which sign the Covenant of Mayors, undertake to present their action plan for sustainable energy. The action plan for sustainable energy is a key document in which the local authority describes how it wishes to achieve its intended CO2 reduction by 2020. As the undertakings of the covenant concern the entire geographical space of the city, the action plan should include measures that concern both the public and the private sectors.

In principle it is expected that most of the action plans will comprise measures in the following areas:

• Structural surroundings, including new buildings and major renovations;
• Municipal infrastructure (district heat supply, street lighting, intelligent energy networks, etc.);
• Regional develoment and urban planning;
• Decentralised renewable energy sources;
• Policy relating to public and private traffic and mobility in the city;
• Participation of the citizens and, in general, civil society;
• Intelligent energy behaviour of the citizens, consumers and companies.

The action plan for sustainable energies of the City of Bottrop on the basis of the climate protection concept has meanwhile been received.

Project partnersCity of Bottrop - Department of the Environment and Green Spaces, Office of the Covenant of Mayors
Project statusThe action plan for sustainable energy (Sustainable Energy Action Plan - SEAP -) of the cities on the basis of the integrated climate protection concept with the data of 2009 is now available.
Contact personRainer Jesenek