The project funds the activities of the Covenant of Mayors secretariat for the Eastern Partnership, supporting cities signing up to the Covenant of Mayors – a flagship EU initiative to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. It helps municipalities to prepare and implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans, reducing dependency on fossil fuels, improving the security of energy supply, and allowing them to contribute more actively to climate change mitigation.
The main objective of Covenant of Mayors East project is to contribute to an improvement in quality of life thanks to the significant reduction in CO2 emissions by municipalities, by encouraging and supporting local authorities to achieve and implement a more sustainable local energy policy.
Actions in brief
The project follows up on the results achieved under the Covenant of Mayors East I project (2010-2015), which focused on promoting the Covenant of Mayors, convincing cities to sign up and assisting them with the initial steps. This second phase focuses more on bridging the gap between planning and the effective implementation of actions, by:
- Supporting the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (capacity building, dialogue with investors, financial institutions and banks to help finance implementation projects, support to local stakeholders, etc.)
- Supporting the development of a local energy policy and the Sustainable Energy Action Plans (trainings, exchanges, dedicated helpdesk, awareness-raising, exchange of best practice and networking, etc.)
- Raising awareness of and promoting signing up to and implementation of the new global Covenant initiative to be launched to succeed the current Covenant of Mayors.
The project maintains a presence across the region, with branches of the Secretariat of the Covenant of Mayors covering all the countries targeted by the project.