Once a year, European Mayors gather to confirm their commitment at the Covenant of Mayors annual ceremony. Yesterday ceremony was the third year – and now the signatories exceeded 3000 with a commitment to go beyond the EU 2020 energy targets. The combined CO2 emission reduction potential of the current signatories is 144 million tonnes per year.
The message to the ongoing meeting in Durban was clear: ” As representatives of European cities, are mobilised to shoulder our share of responsibility and fight climate change”. See the interview with Ilmar Reepalu, Mayor of Malmö and Mercedes Bresso, President of the Regions where they address their message to Durban.
Mercedes Bresso, also said: ” We believe the time is now right to take a new step by activating sustainable energy investments through a more coherent link between the Covenant and EU funding possibilities and by broadening the scope to the whole resource efficiency agenda, in particular to water and waste management.”