Post date: 28 Dec 2011
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Post date: 20 Dec 2011
Gϋnther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for energy said: “The strength of the Covenant of Mayors is that it binds together all the local initiatives to deal with the energy challenges of the EU. These local initiatives are very promising. But we need to do more and faster and I want to help with that. For example, together with Commissioner Hahn we have increased the focus on energy efficiency and renewables in our regional policy.”
Post date: 13 Dec 2011
The “identity” of the 3000th city will be revealed on the occasion of the 2011 Covenant of Mayors Ceremony. To mark this special occasion, the newly-joined signatory will be offered a special prize, to be disclosed on the day of the event.
The number of local authorities which have joined the Covenant, among which close to 800 are already implementing their action plans, is conferring credibility to the EU ambitions in the fight against climate change.
Post date: 25 Oct 2011
The CONCERTO initiative is proving that cities can, given the right planning, be transformed into pioneers in the world of energy efficiency and sustainability. The results so far have been very encouraging: CONCERTO cities have shown that through innovative technologies and an integrated approach, existing buildings can cut its CO2 emissions by up to 50%, at acceptable costs.
Post date: 7 Oct 2011
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