The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is a unique political movement steered by mayors.
The European Covenant of Mayors Board gives local and regional leaders the opportunity to play a greater role in shaping and further guiding the initiative. Board members will also campaign for enabling frameworks for local climate and energy action from the national and European level, raising awareness about local needs amongst European and national decision makers.
This Board of Mayors aims to discuss the strategic orientations of the initiative, to ensure it best fits cities’ needs and is further tailored to their expectations and to foster the dialogue between the European Covenant Community and the EU institutions.
The Board is composed of 7 mayors or local elected representatives.
"Fast transformation of energy, transport and consumption is necessary to turn the world on a sustainable track. Green electrification will change the world and its industry. In Lappeenranta we turn emissions into opportunities. We adopted the second climate programme in 2020 and aim to be carbon neutral by 2030. To achieve this goal, we need good co-operation with citizens, enterprises and research. Networking is power for us."
"Sustainable cities are better cities. Sustainable transformation requires cross-sectional collaboration, innovation, and citizens’ involvement. Sustainability brings ecological, economic, and social well-being for the city".
“Local and regional leaders are fully committed to the Green Deal. We want to implement ambitious, yet realistic targets that will serve our local communities, also by creating new jobs – so desperately needed today, and improving competitiveness of our local businesses. We believe that a more ambitious climate policy can support and not undermine a successful economic recovery from the crisis caused by the pandemic.”
"We need to enact a rapid and deep transformation of our society to ensure that it is more sustainable and just for all. Recovery plans after COVID-19 should serve as an opportunity to enforce and speed up climate neutrality, which can help us tackle another crisis unfolding all over our planet - climate breakdown."
"The fight against climate change must be channelled through a new awareness of Local Governments and citizens, the awareness of the need for a global commitment and a radical change in our lifestyle. This cultural transition must be guided by local administrations in a shared and participatory path with economic and social actors together with citizens."
"We are ready to go further in our actions in order to accelerate the energy transition and tackle climate change, in line with the Paris Agreement."
"As elected officials we owe it to our citizens to not only acknowledge the dangers of global warming, but ensure they never actually come to pass. That’s why Stockholm joined the Covenant of Mayors."
"European regions and energy agencies should play a key role in planning, developing and implementing sustainable energy projects at all levels."