A Memorandum of Understanding between the EU Covenant of Mayors and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions was signed on 16 November 2017 during the EU Energy Day conference in Bonn, in the framework of the COP 23 UN Climate Change Conference hosted by Fiji and Germany.
As it is stated in the organisations' joint press release, the EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, gathering over 7,600 signatory cities, and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions launched by the Solar Impulse Foundation will strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas of common interest, notably in clean, smart, efficient and renewable energy technologies, related societal innovation and low carbon development.
The Covenant of Mayors Community and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions will build strong synergies by identifying potential local contexts where innovative solutions to climate change challenges could be implemented. Together they will identify local and regional authorities willing to develop and implement technological innovations and pilot projects in order to boost equity and economic growth and mitigate the toll of climate change on communities world-wide, making a positive contribution towards cleaner, more sustainable and more liveable environments for citizens.
Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg and Member of the Covenant Political Board, and Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and President of the Solar Impulse Foundation, signed the Memorandum of Understanding this morning at the COP23 in Bonn.
“All cities taking the lead on climate action are also economic leaders, by creating clean growth and jobs at local level. The Covenant of Mayors is not only an environmental program, but it also shifts our cities and the EU to become a global innovator. The cooperation with the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions will help us achieve our goals” - Eckart Würzner.
“Our collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors will allow cities that want to act quickly to have access to clean and profitable solutions that are ready to be implemented. I hope it will also encourage others to join the movement and adopt more ambitious energy policies and environmental targets” - Bertrand Piccard.
The European Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together more than 7600 local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU energy and climate objectives on their territory. The European Covenant of Mayors has been initiated and is supported by the European Commission.
The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions aims at federating actors in the field in clean technologies and shed light on existing efficient solutions to fast-track their implementation.
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