Europe’s mayors: Speeding up the energy transition

The seat of the French-speaking Parliament in Brussels is an example of eco-friendly design aimed at maximising energy efficiency. [Fred Romero/Flickr]

While the EU hammers out its continent-wide energy and climate policy for the next decade, steps are being taken at local level to fight climate change and make a low-carbon European economy a reality.

The Covenant of Mayors is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018 and a flagship event this week is set to commemorate its decade of pushing for better cooperation at local level, more energy efficiency and increased renewable energy use.

But how does the work of the Covenant of Mayors fit into the wider picture? And how effective can smaller scale action be in fighting climate change and meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement?

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