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?
Europe's cities are on the frontline of climate action and the drive to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. At the 10th anniversary celebrations of the EU's Covenant of Mayors, some of its 9,000+ members revealed what is being done to fight climate change.
The city of Wrocław is one of Poland’s success stories, where job creation has hit record highs and environmental objectives are taken seriously. Wrocław’s long-serving mayor revealed his city’s future-leaning path and the advantages of being part of a Europe-wide network of mayors.
In order for the Covenant of Mayors to continue its success and further embed itself in EU policies, it has to become a key instrument for the future EU budget, write the local and regional leaders of the group's board.