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10 years of the Covenant of Mayors: Local and regional leadership for clean energy and climate action

Covenant of Mayors 10 years

Today the EU Covenant of Mayors celebrated  its 10th anniversary in a ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels to opportunity to reflect on the success of this movement over the past 10 years and to look ahead to the future.

Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete (Climate Action, Energy) and Carlos Moedas (Research, Science and Innovation) joined the Covenant members. Over 600 European mayors participated to discuss the transition towards climate change, energy and resilient cities.

 “The EU Covenant is not only about counting C02-emissions. It’s about clean air, reducing congestion, creating the jobs of the future … It’s about making our European cities futureproof’. About making sure that European cities are healthy, inclusive and pleasant to live in” said Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.

So far, the EU Covenant of Mayors is the world’s largest movement for local climate action and energy transition, bringing together more than 9,200 local and regional authorities across Europe, determined to take action to help meeting the EU climate and energy objectives.

As Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete explained “members have reduced already 23% their greenhouse emissions in the past 10 years and aim to reach a further 40% reduction. Also they have increased the use of renewables in 5%”.

“No one can take for granted this powerful European coalition which brings together thousands of cities that are showing leadership and engagement. By 2020 you will, collectively, have reduced your CO2 emissions by 27%, increased your energy efficiency by 20%, and your local energy production by 90%” congratulated ” Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.

Besides, the panellists showcased ways to create jobs, foster investment while improving the health and the quality of life of citizens. The event also highlighted the central role of the cities in meeting the objectives agreed in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

At the ceremony, Commissioner Moedas opened the 2018 European Capital of Innovation contest (also known as iCapital) – a €1 million prize to reward the cities and mayors who have built the most dynamic innovation ecosystems, for the benefit of European citizens and businesses.

“Cities are the beacon of innovation, and are not afraid to test, experiment and co-create with their #citizens new solutions” said Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

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