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2018 EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony

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From 2008, over 9,200 local authorities have been taking action to reach their Covenant of Mayors targets and contribute to the EU climate and energy objectives.

By 2020, those cities will in average have reduced their CO2 emissions by 27%, decreased energy use by 20%, and increased local energy production by 90%*.

All over Europe, mayors have been taking bold measures to offer their citizens a healthy environment, green jobs, and a high quality of life. Each new commitment, new action plan and new measure implemented at local level is a step forward and an opportunity for bringing better quality of life and green growth in your municipalities. The European Commission accompanies your efforts through a series of initiatives and actions: a one-stop-shop for cities on financing opportunities, new accounting rules on energy efficiency investments, the smart financing for smart buildings initiative, the Covenant of Mayors Office.

2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Covenant of Mayors initiative launched by the European Commission. All committed cities and members of the Covenant Community are invited to get together for the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum & Ceremony on 21-22 February 2018 to take stock of the results achieved, discuss joint challenges such as investment, multi-level collaboration and mobility, meet the newly set-up EU Covenant Political Board, and pull-up strengths for the next steps.

In November 2018, national and local governments from across the world will converge to Katowice, Poland, for the UNFCCC COP24, to take stock of all the efforts made to achieve the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement and inform the preparation of the next round of pledges for 2020. Projections show that in 2020 Covenant of Mayors municipalities will have contributed to 31% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target. In order to make those efforts weigh on the European and global stage, we invite each municipality to report on its climate and energy measures hence making the European contribution even bigger.


Join us in February in Brussels to make our common vision of sustainable, resilient and vibrant cities come true!


*Source: 2017 report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

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