European Commission officially announces the launch of the new integrated Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy in the presence of city representatives
Representatives from towns and cities leading the way on climate mitigation and adaptation met in the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 October for the Joint Ceremony of the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt initiatives. The European Commission officially announced the launch of the new integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which has been symbolically endorsed by representatives of signatory cities.
Signatory cities to the new integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy will pledge action to support the implementation of the new 2030 EU targets, a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and the extension of the initiative to a more global scope. They will commit to reducing carbon emissions from their territory by at least 40% by 2030 (instead of 20% by 2020 under the previous initiative) through improved energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources, and to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change. Signatories will also promise to share their visions, results, experience and knowledge with their fellow local and regional authorities within the EU and further afield, through direct cooperation and peer-to-peer exchange.
Speaking about the merge of the two initiatives, Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent and EUROCITIES vice president said that Ghent finds it “very positive that the two initiatives are now joint as [they] are convinced that a more holistic approach will have greater results.”
With COP 21 in Paris coming up this December, this new Covenant of Mayors demonstrates the pioneering role of local authorities in the fight against climate change.
Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes and EUROCITIES president, delivered the closing remarks at the ceremony. She presented the new initiative by saying that this “can and must inspire the states. Cities and their citizens act, invent, innovate, commit… It is now up to the states to take their responsibilities and join cities and regions! COP 21 is crucial, expectations are significant and states cannot disappoint them.”
The speeches, photographs, and videos of the ceremony are available at : http://cdn.streamovations.be/events/151015_joint-ceremony.php