The Dutch city of Enschede signed the Covenant of Mayors at a ceremony in Brussels on 20 June.
On 20 June, the city of Enschede officially became a Covenant of Mayors signatory. By signing up to the European initiative, local and regional authorities aim to exceed the Europe 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020.
To celebrate their signature, Enschede hosted a ceremony at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU in Brussels, during which the city's mayor, Peter van Oudsten, officially signed the Covenant. They hope to reduce their CO2 emissions by 30% and increase their share of sustainable energy to at least 20% of the total by 2020. They plan to make all municipal buildings carbon neutral by 2015 and all schools to follow suit by 2020.
Their commitment to the Covenant of Mayors objectives will not only allow them to put into a place a Sustainable Energy Action Plan but will also help them to boost employment, one of the main challenges in the city.
Being part of the Covenant of Mayors will reinforce their sustainability agenda and allow them to learn about good practices from other signatories as well as innovative financing schemes.
By becoming a signatory, Enschede joins 18 other Dutch municipalities under the Covenant.
If you would like to learn more on how the city of Enschede hopes to meet its Covenant targets please click here.
Pictured: Michael Klinkenberg, EUROCITIES policy advisor, with Peter van Oudsten, mayor of Enschede, following the signature.