The Covenant of Mayors: Implementing EU climate and energy objectives with and within cities
The European Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is the mainstream European movement that brings together thousands of local and regional governments voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory. Signatories to the initiative pledge to take action to support, through local strategies, the implementation of the EU 40% greenhouse gas-reduction target by 2030, and the adoption of a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and access to sustainable, secure and affordable energy.
The European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities combines in cites Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), energy management and transport management to come up with innovative solutions to the major environmental, societal and health challenges that European cities are facing today. This includes applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions, and intelligent use of ICT. These solutions can support the implementation of Covenant cities' strategies.
The setup of the new partnerships of the EU Urban Agenda, that brings together Member States and local governments to find solutions to the key challenges faced by cities in implementing EU legislation, accessing funding, and exchanging specific knowledge, represents a chance to explore the links with the Covenant of Mayors framework, and what solutions Covenant signatories are already testing towards better regulation, better funding, and better knowledge exchange.
The action of signatories and regions that joined the Covenant is well in line with the objectives of the Urban Agenda Partnerships. The Covenant Community – composed of municipalities but also national ministries and agencies, regions, networks, academia, agencies and private partners – provides a multi-level and multi-stakeholder framework that nurtures the initiative with exchange of information, best practices, tools, peer-to-peer learning, funding opportunities, innovative financing models, and tests solutions, all to support cities to achieve their energy and climate objectives.
The partnerships on Energy Transition and Urban Adaptation, together with the ones on Land use, Air quality, Circular Economy, Housing and Transport, address key issues faced by Covenant Signatories, which are already cooperating and exchanging among them to implement concrete solutions.
The objective of the Covenant of Mayors session during the EU Cities Forum is to present the Covenant of Mayors’ Community, governance model, and capacity-building activities to the actors involved in the various partnerships, so that they are fully aware of its potential and can then use it as an amplifier, and inspiration or an implementation tool in their own endeavours.
The Covenant of Mayors: Implementing EU climate and energy objectives with and within cities - An integrated approach with Air Quality, Mobility, and Housing.
Setting the scene and moderation:
Session 1: Helping cities implement integrated energy strategies through the Covenant of Mayors and Smart Cities and Communities initiatives
Session 2: Cities’ contribution to the objectives of the partnerships through the Covenant of Mayors
Discussion with the audience