On 11th December, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, a comprehensive plan that includes 50 measures to bring Europe on a climate-neutral trajectory by 2050. The plan addresses the climate issues from an integrated and holistic perspective, by covering all sectors, from energy to transport, mobility, industry, buildings, waste, biodiversity, international trade, air pollution and even economy and finances.
The Communication on the European Green Deal mentions the EU Covenant of Mayors as a “central force” to “provide assistance to cities and regions that want to commit to ambitious pledges on climate and energy policies” and “an essential platform to share good practices on how to implement change locally”.
Covenant signatories demonstrate a deep level of commitment to the European Union's climate and energy targets. Many of them are going even further in their emission reduction’s objectives. In addition, cities such as Nantes, Leuven, Rotterdam and more, have been leading the way by creating new forms of climate & energy governance, contributing to deepen and accelerate the transition to a greener future.
A European Climate Pact should build on the Covenant of Mayors, to create local alliances for social and ecological transformation, while ensuring that game-changing policies are supported by European citizens.