Press release | 06.07.2016

Release of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Reporting Framework and Guidelines

Frankfurt/Brussels. The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy was launched in October 2015, adopting the European Union’s 2030 energy and climate objectives and an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation. To date, over 180 local authorities have signed up to the new commitments. Many Climate Alliance members have further made their dedication to climate action visible by signing the Covenant of Mayors. The city of Ghent in Belgium was the first city to adopt the new Covenant commitments. Other members such as Nürnberg in Germany and Cesena in Italy have also signed up to the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

To support new signatories in their climate and energy planning process as well as in tracking progress on the implementation of their commitments, the Covenant of Mayors reporting framework has been updated. The new reporting framework and guidance were the result of a consultative process with practitioners from local and regional authorities and other key stakeholders led by the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt Offices, in particular by Climate Alliance team of experts. The Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) Template now enables new signatories to report on their 2030 mitigation targets and actions as well as on climate adaptation. It offers a set of graphical displays to help signatories to better visualise and understand their performance over time.

For the time being the SECAP Template is available only in an Excel format. The objective is to provide new signatories with a working version of the future online template foreseen to be available in 2017. The Covenant online reporting platform remains the official means for submitting Action Plans and monitoring reports in the frame of the initiative.

Local authorities committed to the 2020 Covenant of Mayors commitments will continue using the online platform while signatories to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy will be able to use the online platform only from 2017.