The Covenant of Mayors is a mainstream EU co-operation initiative with local and regional authorities, based on commitment by the participating cities and regions to go beyond the objectives of the EU energy policy in terms of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through implementation of sustainable energy actions. More than 1800 cities have joined the initiative so far and this number is expected to grow further. The list of signatories is provided at www.eumayors.eu.
The Covenant of Mayors Office (COMO) is a key instrument of the Covenant, set up and operated since January 2009. COMO's mission is to provide for daily management of the Covenant, networking with Covenant stakeholders, organisation of events, promotion of the initiative, management of the Covenant website, operation of the Covenant helpdesk and providing the strategic advice for further development of the Initiative. As well, COMO manages the database of signatories and supporting structures and is responsible for overall monitoring of the Covenant implementation. The COMO is currently managed by a contractor on behalf of the Commission. Current COMO contract will end on 24/12/2010.
The technical and scientific background is provided by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, as part of the Covenant helpdesk.