Representatives from the Barcelona Provincial council handed over the first 39 Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) of the Covenant of Mayors signatories to European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on 30th October 2009. The meeting marks a step change from preparation to action, as signatories have a year from signature to submission of their SEAPs.
The European Union (EU) is leading the global fight against climate change, and has made it a top priority. Its ambitious targets are spelt out in the EU Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package, which commits Member States to curb their CO 2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. Signatories of the Covenant of Mayors contribute to these policy objectives through a formal commitment to go beyond this target through the implementation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plan. So far 907 European cities have joined the Covenant.