Precisely one year ago, the network issued a common declaration, co-signed by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, Energy Cities and the Foundation for the Sustainable Development of the Regions (FEDRE), calling for the official extension of the Covenant of Mayors to Western Balkans countries.
Capacity-building initiatives, such as ManagEnergy, which coordinated the organisation of a dedicated workshop in Sofia around the same period, also played a key role in the Covenant development in the Black Sea region.
Post date: 9 Aug 2011
A total of eight environmental categories were examined in the study. Ten of the twelve German cities come in "above average," the second-highest of five possible rankings and a better showing than that achieved by the majority of the 29 major European cities evaluated in the 2009 European Green City Index. German cities show particularly strong performances in the areas of environmental strategies, water, recycling and energy-efficient buildings. However, there is still room for improvement – for instance, in the area of CO2 emissions.
Post date: 8 Jul 2011
The Commission has therefore proposed an energy regional cooperation project under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument-East (ENPI-East) 2010 Regional Action Programme, which is expected to be adopted in July 2010. This project is entitled "Supporting participation of Eastern Partnership and Central Asian Cities in the Covenant of Mayors". Its purpose is to support cities to sign up to the Covenant of Mayors, and to help them preparing as well as implementing the related Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP).
Post date: 2 Aug 2010
Among the Covenant’s 1 800 signatories, 25 capitals – Amsterdam, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Oslo, Paris, Podgorica, Reykjavik, Riga, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Warsaw and Zagreb – have committed to go beyond the objectives of the EU’s energy policy in terms of reducing CO2 emissions.
Post date: 21 Jul 2010
At present urban areas are responsible for 70 to 80% of energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Europe. For this reason, EU initiatives at the local level, such as the Covenant of Mayors, are encouraging towns and cities to take the lead in the fight against climate change.Providing financial and technical assistance
Post date: 5 Jul 2010
Post date: 4 Jun 2010
Günther Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for energy said: "The Covenant of Mayors has become a key element of the EU sustainable energy policy. Regions and cities are demonstrating that climate mitigation is one of the best economic recovery strategies. Investment into the reduction of CO2 emissions and energy efficiency creates jobs which by their nature cannot be delocalised."
Post date: 5 May 2010
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Post date: 19 Apr 2010
European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said: "This is an example of how an idea presented during last year’s Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is now a reality and having an impact on the ground. ELENA is a chance for cities and regions to help themselves by implementing Sustainable Energy Action Plans that create jobs, and at the same time help Europe as a whole meet its climate goals. After the strong response from cities and regions, we intend to double available ELENA funding to EUR 30 million.”
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