The Covenant of Mayors is a unique bottom-up movement supported by the European Commission that succeeded in mobilising a great number of local and regional authorities to developing action plans and directing investments towards climate change mitigation measures.
Building on the success of the Covenant of Mayors, the Mayors Adapt initiative was launched in 2014, relying on the same governance model, inviting cities to make political commitments and take action to anticipate and prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. End of 2015, the initiatives merged under the new integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, adopting the EU 2030 objectives and an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The new Covenant of Mayors for Energy&Climate is the result of a consultation process launched in the summer of 2015 by the European Commission and the Covenant of Mayors Office with the support of the European Committee of the Regions to collect stakeholders’ views on the future of the Covenant of Mayors. The response was unanimous: 97% called for a new target beyond 2020 and 80% called for a longer-term target. The majority also endorsed the 2030 objectives for a minimum 40% CO2/GHG reduction and supported the integration of mitigation and adaptation to climate change under a common umbrella.