The Covenant of Mayors initiative has been active for the last 10 years in Europe with an increasing success amongst cities & towns.
The Covenant framework is supporting its signatories in achieving their climate and energy goals in a structured and coherent way, offering a methodology that has proved to be effective and useful for local authorities.
In the 10th year of the initiative, the Covenant of Mayors wishes to reward signatories that have been working within the Covenant framework and achieving remarkable progress in their local energy and climate action.
The 1st Covenant Cities in the Spotlight call is now open!
Being a "Covenant City in the Spotlight" is a great opportunity to showcase the progress made and become a reference example for the whole Covenant Community and beyond.
The winners will be invited to the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA) to take place in May 2019 in Heidelberg, Germany, where they will have the opportunity to meet representatives of the European Covenant of Mayors Political Board!
The Covenant Cities in the Spotlight call is open to all Covenant of Mayors - Europe signatories. Both signatories that have committed to the 2020 mitigation target or to the 2030 mitigation and adaptation objectives are eligible as long as they are compliant with all Covenant requirements, notably in terms of reporting.
Covenant Cities in the Spotlight 2018 will award three signatories:
1 small-sized signatory (<10,000 inhabitants)
1 medium-sized signatory (10,000- 250,000 inhabitants)
1 large-sized signatory (>250,000 inhabitants).
Signatories are invited to submit an overview of their history in the Covenant initiative by completing the application form. The application must include a description of the overall energy and climate policies, and the actions undertaken to implement them.
The participants will be evaluated on the SE(C)AP overall process and, in particular, on the following main aspects:
Completeness and effectiveness of the overall process
SE(C)AP overall approach (transversal, integration mitigation-adaptation, cross-sectorial)
Commitments (2020, 2030, long term) and monitoring (status, achievements)
SE(C)AP governance (multilevel, transversal, innovative)
Stakeholders engagement (types and means of engagement)
SE(C)AP financing (traditional, innovative).
Signatories wishing to participate in the Covenant Cities in the Spotlight are invited to complete the application form at the latest by the 22 September 2018. Applicants are encouraged to add attachments such as pictures, infographics, videos, technical documents, etc.
All submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Covenant of Mayors - Europe Office to check their compliance with the above-mentioned eligibility criteria. Shortlisted applications will be analysed and evaluated by the European Commission. The three most outstanding applications as detailed above will then be selected.
Winners will be announced during the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018 and published on the Covenant of Mayors website. They will be invited to the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA) in May 2019 in Heidelberg, Germany, where they will have the opportunity to meet representatives of the Covenant of Mayors Political Board!