Ghent becomes first signatory of New Covenant of Mayors

  • environment

EUROCITIES vice president Ghent became the first signatory of the new Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy ahead of COP 21, and is due to be followed by Manchester by the end of the year.

Ghent, EUROCITIES vice president, was the first city to sign the New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in November, ahead of COP 21. Greater Manchester is expected to sign by the end of this year.

Daniel Termont said: "Local authorities cannot deal with this problem alone, so the city of Ghent has sent a clear message to policy makers of higher governments: we want to act, but we also want you to act."

Signatories of the new initiative endorse an ambitious vision for 2050 made up of: decarbonised territories; more resilient cities and towns; and secure, sustainable and affordable energy services for all. By signing up, cities pledge to reduce their carbon emissions by at least 40% and take a joint approach for climate change mitigation and adaptation by 2030. Signatories are required to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) on the basis of their existing Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) or climate plans. Methodological support will be available to help cities develop their plans.

To secure long term political support, this new commitment must be ratified by a municipal council resolution, even for existing Covenant of Mayors or Mayors Adapt signatories. 

Please see more details in this Cities Today article