The Covenant of Mayors was launched on 1st January 2017 and aims to capitalise on the experience gained over the past years within Europe and beyond, and build upon the key success factors of the initiative: its first-of-its-kind bottom-up approach to energy and climate action, its multi-level cooperation model and its context-driven framework for action.
The programme supports the EU climate change action agenda and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process and offers a European contribution to climate change negotiations. The Global Covenant has already been launched in several regions of the world including: sub-Saharan Africa, South Mediterranean and the Eastern European Neighbourhood.
The Covenant of Mayors has fostered the emergence of wide -ranging cooperation platforms at local, regional and European levels, and has given a substantial boost to multi-level governance. Amongst the 7700 signatories, there are over 300 decentralised authorities and energy agencies driving the energy transition on their territories.
FEDARENE is part of the consortium running the Covenant of Mayors Office, together with 5 other European networks of local and regional authorities: Energy Cities, Climate Alliance, Eurocities, CEMR and ICLEI Europe. FEDARENE participates in defining the strategy behind the initiative and has been actively involved in mobilising regions and energy agencies around Europe, through promotion, a continuous helpdesk, events and seminars, conferences and exchange of best practices.
Provinces, regions and energy agencies are key to the success of the initiative, notably in terms of:
• The promotion they do of the Covenant in their territory;
• Increasing the organisation’s capacities by providing decentralised support on the ground and ensuring tailored interaction with signatories;
• The support provided to signatories including technical assistance;
• Mobilising other stakeholders – such as associations, private companies and universities.
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The Members of the Political Board of the European Covenant of Mayors call upon Member States, in the ongoing trilogue on the Energy Union Governance regulation, to include the needs of local and regional governments.
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