Covenant of Mayors celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018, and with the 2020 milestone coming closer, the Covenant Ceremony and Investment Forum in Brussels were perfect occasions for to reinforce the ideas behind this organization.
Since 2008, the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is a political event that gathers the Covenant of Mayors Community. It is used to showcase how local governments develop integrated climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, transport or lighting, make greater use of renewable energy, and brace for climate hazards.
At the ceremony in Brussels, mayors explored how those achievements can be scaled up to help meet or exceed the EU energy and climate objectives. This was a perfect opportunity to network with EU decision makers and relevant stakeholders taking part in the world’s largest energy and climate initiative of its kind.
Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy congratulated all participants on their involvement in this process and stated that “more than 1000 local governments have already committed to the Covenant 2030 targets”.
Dario Nardella, mayor of Florence emphasized the importance of this gathering, noting that “over 600 European mayors came to Brussels to discuss the transition towards climate change and resilient cities.” He reiterated: “Our cities can shape entire communities”.
CEO of Climate – KIC, Kirsten Dunlop reminded everyone that “the decisions that cities take now will lock us into an unsustainable future, or will create the demands for the necessary innovations which can solve climate challenges.”
The meeting in Brussels had several sessions and side-events, some of which tackled the most pressing issues that we face today. In the Committee of the Regions participants discussed energy efficiency with Bertrand Piccard (Solar Impulse) which included speed dating with innovators; building on local climate and energy for transformative EU action; smart cities – from stories to implementation; making climate adaptation a profitable investment for the cities. Below you can watch the recording from the side event on Smart Cities: