This EU-funded project is supporting the activities of the Covenant of Mayors in the Eastern Partnership, which provides tailored support to cities and municipalities in the region that have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors (CoM). This voluntary initiative commits local authorities to reducing their CO2 emissions by at least 30% by 2030.
Why is this project needed?
More than 300 municipalities in the Eastern Partnership region have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors, which has become the most ambitious worldwide urban climate and energy initiative, bringing together more than 7,700 signatories and representing over 240 million citizens. Municipalities play a key role in making changes that have a direct impact on citizens. Accessing the funding and expertise necessary to carry out infrastructure projects and institutional reforms, however, can be a challenge for many municipalities in the Eastern Partnership countries.
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How can the project help?
The Covenant of Mayors East (CoM East) provides support to municipalities in the Eastern Partnership countries in developing and implementing Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans, or SE(C)APs. These Plans are the key documents of local energy and climate policy that set out how each municipality will reach its CO2 reduction target and increase resilience to the impact of climate change
This project, which builds on a previous one that ran until 2015, focuses on enhancing sustainability of the Covenant of Mayors in the EaP countries and adapting the EU 2030 energy and climate objectives to the regional context. It does this by supporting the activities of the Covenant of Mayors East, helping to ensure that resources, technical expertise and advice are all available to municipalities.
Who stands to benefit?
The benefits of this project are felt at local level. The SE(C)APs are tailored roadmaps to help cities reduce their dependency on fossil fuels, improve the security of energy supply, and allow them to contribute more actively to climate change mitigation. The CoM East also pulls together local authorities in the region and encourages networking and the sharing of best practice.
This project is part of the Sustainable Municipal Development Flagship Initiative. The European Commission established this in 2015 to strengthen the capacity of local authorities to implement energy efficiency plans, promote good governance, and encourage financial accountability in the Eastern Partnership countries.Print pdf