The Covenant of Mayors welcomes all levels of governance, as well as relevant supporting organisations, agencies and associations, to join the initiative and help fast-track local climate and energy action. See below for more details on how you can join.
Local authorities play a leading role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Participation in the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy supports them in this endeavour, by providing them the recognition, resources and networking opportunities necessary to take their energy and climate commitments to the next level.
The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is open to all local authorities democratically constituted with/by elected representatives, whatever their size and whatever the stage of implementation of their energy and climate policies.
Neighbouring small and medium-sized local authorities can also, under certain conditions, decide to join as a group of signatories and submit a joint Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan, either committing individually (option 1) or collectively (option 2) to the 40% CO2 reduction target and to an increased resilience to climate change – more information in the Covenant website FAQ section.
To join the ever-growing movement, local authorities should undertake the following process:
Present the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy initiative to your local / municipal council. In order to ease the council’s discussions, you can download the Commitment document here.
Once an official resolution has been adopted by the council, mandate the mayor - or equivalent representative of the council - to sign the Covenant Commitment document.
Covenant of Mayors signatories find multiple reasons to join the movement, which include:
Enhanced cooperation and support from national and subnational authorities
High international recognition and visibility for the local authority’s climate and energy action
Opportunity to contribute to shaping the EU’s climate and energy policy
Credible commitments through progress review and monitoring
Better financial opportunities for their local climate and energy projects
Innovative ways to network, exchange experiences and build capacity through regular events, twinnings, webinars or online discussions
Practical support (helpdesk), guidance material and tools
Quick access to “excellence know-how” and inspiring case studies
Facilitated self-assessment and peer-to-peer exchange through common monitoring and reporting template
Flexible reference framework for action, adaptable to local needs
Local authorities can sign the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy at any time.