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                                                              Brussels, 3 May 2010




EU conference: 500 cities pledge to reduce CO2 by
more than 20%

More than 500 European mayors will commit tomorrow to cut CO2 emissions
by more than 20% by 2020. By signing the Covenant of Mayors, they pledge
to save energy, foster renewable energy and raise awareness among their
citizens. They will sign the declaration in the presence of EU Commission
President José Manuel Barroso and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime
Minister of Spain. The Covenant of Mayors is a Commission initiative,
supported both by the European Parliament and the Committee of the
Regions.

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for energy said: "The Covenant of
Mayors has become a key element of the EU sustainable energy policy. Regions
and cities are demonstrating that climate mitigation is one of the best economic
recovery strategies. Investment into the reduction of CO2 emissions and energy
efficiency creates jobs which by their nature cannot be delocalised."
At the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony in the European Parliament, more than 500
mayors will sign the declaration. The Declaration commits them to analyse how
much CO2 they emit at the moment, outline how they will reach the goal and
evaluate their actions. They also commit themselves to raise awareness among
citizens and to share best practice. The city of Heidelberg for example has reduced
its Co2 emissions by nearly 40% in public buildings through energy monitoring
stations and the 'Energy Teams' in the city’s schools. The City of Riga utilises the
methane gas produced in the city’s waste tip to produce electricity and Antwerp uses
a refurbished industrial warehouse as showcases sustainable building and
demonstration centre for citizens.
Local authorities have a key role in mitigating climate change. Over half of
greenhouse gas emissions are created in and by cities. 80% of the population lives
and works in cities, where up to 80% of energy is consumed.

Background:
The Covenant of Mayors is an annual conference that has been initiated by the
European Commission in 2009. With more than 500 Mayors signing the declaration
this year, the number of signatories will raise to more than 1600 signatories in 36
countries representing 120 million citizens.
The European Commission is supporting the initiative by organizing the conference,
fostering best practice on the website and helping local authorities to finance their
energy actions through programmes such as ELENA which provides funding of Euro
15 million in 2010.




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More information on the Covenant of Mayors and the ceremony:
http://www.eumayors.eu/
Annex:
List of Mayors singing the declaration




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           Local Authorities Signing the Covenant of Mayors




Austria                                     Cyprus

LAXENBURG                                   LARNACA
WOLFURT                                     LEFKARA
                                            PARALIMNI
Belgium
                                            Czech Republic
ANTWERPEN
BRUXELLES-REGION                            JESENÍK
GENK
GENT                                        Estonia
HASSELT
                                            KURESSAARE
Bosnia and Herzegowina                      RAKVERE

SARAJEVO                                    France

Bulgaria                                    BREST MÉTROPOLE OCÉANE
                                            CHAMONIX MONT-BLANC
BALCHIK                                     COUDEKERQUE-BRANCHE
VARNA                                       COULAINES
                                            ECHIROLLES
Croatia                                     METZ
                                            BAYONNE
ZAGREB                                      CAEN
DUGA RESA                                   CHAMBERY
JASTREBARSKO                                ECHIROLLES
KLANJEC                                     GENEVE
RIJEKA                                      GRAND-DOLE
VELIKA GORICA                               GRANDE-SYNTHE
ZAPRESIC                                    GRENOBLE
                                            LA BASTIDONNE
                                            L'HAŸ-LES-ROSES

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SÈTE                   BERGAMO
                       BERZO SAN FERMO
Germany
                       BIANZANO
BÖHL-IGGELHEIM         BLELLO
FÜRSTENFELDBRUCK       BOLGARE
LÖRRACH                BOMBA
MUNICH                 BORGO DI TERZO
TELTOW                 BORRELLO
WILLICH
                       BOSSICO
Greece                 BOTTICINO
                       BRACCA
PATRAS                 BRANDICO
ACHARNES               BREMBATE DI SOPRA
AGIA VARVARA
                       BREMBILLA
AGIOI ANARGYROI
                       BRUGHERIO
AGIOS DIMITRIOS
AGIOS STEFANOS         BRUMANO
ANO LIOSIA             CALICE AL CORNOVIGLIO
ASPROPYRGOS            CALVENZANO
THERMI                 CAMERATA CORNELLO
NEA VYSSA
                       CANEGRATE
PAIANIA
PALAIO FALIRO          CANOSA SANNITA
PANORAMA               CARNATE
SERRES                 CARONA
SYKIES                 CARONNO PERTUSELLA
YMITTOS                CARUNCHIO
                       CASALBORDINO
Italy
                       CASALINCONTRADA
ABBIATEGRASSO          CASAZZA
AGRATE BRIANZA         CASNIGO
ALBANO S. ALESSANDRO   CASOLI
ALBINO                 CASSIGLIO
ALTINO                 CASTEL FRENTANO
ALZANO LOMBARDO        CASTELFRANCO EMILIA
ATESSA                 CASTELNUOVO MAGRA
ATRI                   CASTELNUOVO RANGONE
AVERARA                CASTIGLIONE MESSER MARINO
BAGNATICA              CASTRO
BARBARIGA              CAZZANO DI TRAMIGNA
BEDULITA               CAZZANO S. ANDREA
BELLUSCO               CELENZA SUL TRIGNO

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CENATE SOPRA                GUALDO TADINO
CERISANO                    GUARDIAGRELE
CESENATICO                  LANCIANO
CHIETI                      LENNA
CINISELLO BALSAMO           LENTELLA
CIVITALUP ARELLA            LONGHENA
CIVITELLA MESSER RAIMONDO   LUZZANA
COLLEDIMEZZO                MACLODIO
COMISO                      MAIRANO
COMUN NUOVO                 MARANELLO
CONCORDIA SULLA SECCHIA     MARANO PRINCIPATO
CORTENUOVA                  MARCALLO CON CASONE
CORZANO                     MEDOLLA
COSTA SERINA                MEZZOLDO
CRECCHIO                    MIGLIANICO
CREDARO                     MOIO DE CALVI
CUSIO                       MONASTEROLO DEL CASTELLO
DELLO                       MONTAZZOLI
DOGLIOLA                    MONTEFERRANTE
DOSSENA                     MONTELAPIANO
ENDINE GAIANO               MONTENERODOMO
ENTRATICO                   MONTEODORISIO
FALLO                       MORENGO
FARA SAN MARTINO            MORNICO AL SERIO
FILETTO                     MOZZAGROGNA
FOGGIA                      ODOLO
FOPPOLO                     OLMO AL BREMBO
FORMIGINE                   OLTRE IL COLLE
FOSSACESIA                  ONETA
FRANCAVILLA AL MARE         ORNICA
FRESAGRANDINARIA            ORSOGNA
GAMBERALE                   ORZINUOVI
GANDINO                     ORZIVECCHI
GAVARDO                     OSTRA VETERE
GAVERINA TERME              PAGLIETA
GENOVA                      PARZANICA
GEROSA                      PEDRENGO
GISSI                       PEIA
GIULIANOVA                  PENNADOMO
GRONE                       PERANO

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PESCARA                  SPINONE AL LAGO
PESSANO CON BORNAGO      SULBIATE
PIAZZA BREMBANA          TALEGGIO
PIAZZATORRE              TAVERNOLA BERGAMASCA
PIAZZOLO                 TORNARECCIO
PIETRAMONTECORVINO       TORREBRUNA
POGGIOFIORITO            TORTORETO
POLLUTRI                 TRAVEDONA MONATE
POMPIANO                 TREGLIO
PONTE NOSSA              TRESCORE BALNEARIO
PONTERANICA              TUFILLO
PRESEZZO                 UBIALE CLANEZZO
QUADRI                   UBOLDO
RANZANICO                VACRI
REZZATO                  VALBREMBO
RIPA TEATINA             VALLEVE
ROCCASPINALVETI          VALTORTA
RONCOBELLO               VARESE LIGURE
RONCOLA                  VEDESETA
ROTA D'IMAGNA            VIGANO SAN MARTINO
SAN BONIFACIO            VILLA DI SERIO
SAN DONATO MILANESE      VILLA SANTA MARIA
SAN FELICE SUL PANARO    VILLACHIARA
SAN GIOVANNI ILARIONE    VILLALFONSINA
SAN GIOVANNI LIPIONI     VILLANUOVA SUL CLISI
SAN PAOLO D'ARGON        VILLONGO
SAN PELLEGRINO TERME     VIMERCATE
SAN POSSIDONIO           VITTUONE
SAN SALVO                VOBARNO
SAN VITO CHIETINO        ZANDOBBIO
SANTA BRIGIDA            ZEVIO
SANTA MARIA IMBARO       ZOGNO
SANTO STEFANO DI MAGRA
SARNICO                  Latvia
                         JEKABPILS CITY COUNCIL
SCANZOROSCIATE
SCHIAVI DI ABRUZZO       Lithuania
SEDRINA
SOAVE                    KAUNAS
SOLIERA                  PANEVEZYS
SOLTO COLLINA            VILKAVIŠKIS REGION


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Macedonia              SANTIAGO DO CACÉM
                       SANTO AMADOR
SKOPJE
                       Romania
Malta
                       CRAIOVA
BALZAN                 GIURGIU
BIRKIRKARA             AVRIG
GHARGHUR               BISTRITA
IKLIN                  VASLUI
KALKARA
MARSASKALA             Slovakia
MDINA
PEMBROKE               MOLDAVA NAD BODVOU
QRENDI
SAN GILJAN             Spain
SAN LAWRENZ
SANTA LUCIJA           ABRERA
SANTA VENERA           AGRES
SWIEQI
                       AGUILAR DE SEGARRA
SAN PAWL IL-BAHAR
SLIEMA                 ALCALALI
TA' XBIEX              ALCOCER DE PLANES
XAGHRA, GOZO           ALQUERIA DE AZNAR
XEWKIJA                ARENYS DE MAR
                       ASPE
Montenegro             BARCELONA
                       BENIARRES
PODGORICA
                       BENIDORM
Netherlands            BENIFALLIM
                       BENIFATO
HEERHUGOWAARD          BENIMARFULL
                       BENISSA
Norway
                       BERGA
STAVANGER
                       BIAR
Poland                 BURRIANA
                       CALDES DE MONTBUI
DZIERŻONIÓW            CALDES D'ESTRAC
LUBIANKA               CALLOSA DE SEGURA
RACIECHOWICE           CALP
                       CANYELLES
Portugal
                       CARDEDEU
BEJA                   CASTELLÓN DE LA PLANA
FERREIRA DO ALENTEJO   CENTELLES

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CORBERA DE LLOBREGAT        SANT CUGAT DEL VALLES
DAYA VIEJA                  SANT CUGAT SESGARRIGUES
EL CAMPELLO                 SANT JOAN DESPÍ
EL RAFOL D'ALMUNIA          SANT LLUÍS (MENORCA)
ESPARTINAS                  SANT QUIRZE DEL VALLÈS
ESPLUGUES DE LLOBREGAT      SANTA COLOMA DE
FAMORCA                     GRAMENET
FIGUERES                    SANTA EUGENIA
GARGANTILLA DE LOZOYA       SANTA MARIA DEL CAMÍ
GATA DE GORGOS              SANTANDER
GAVÀ                        SELLA
GELIDA                      SENTMENAT
GRANOLLERS                  TERRASSA
LA ROMANA                   TOLLOS
LES FRANQUESES DEL VALLÈS   VALENCIA
LES MASIES DE VOLTREGA      VILADECANS
LLEIDA                      VILA-REAL
LLIÇÀ D'AMUNT               VILASSAR DE DALT
LOS MONTESINOS              VILASSAR DE MAR
MARTORELL                   VILLENA
MONTORNÈS DEL VALLÈS        VITORIA-GASTEIZ
MURO DE ALCOY
                            Sweden
NAVÀS
ONDARA                      BORÅS
ORBA                        FINSPÅNG
ORDIS                       JOKKMOKK
ORIHUELA                    VÄXJÖ
PALAU-SOLITÀ I PLEGAMANS
                            Switzerland
PALLEJÀ
PARCENT                     GENEVA
PARETS DEL VALLÈS
PEDREGUER                   Ukraine
PINOSO
                            LUTSK
PREMIÀ DE MAR
                            MOHYLIV-PODILSKY
PUERTO LUMBRERAS
REUS                        United Kingdom
RIBESALBES
RIUDECANYES                 ABERDEEN
SALINAS



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         Supporting Structures signing the Covenant of Mayors

CLIMATE ALLIANCE
COUNCIL OF EUROPEAN MUNICIPALITIES AND REGIONS
ENERGY-CITIES
EUROCITIES
FEDARENE
ASSOCIATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENT CITIES OF UKRAINE
ASSOCIATION COORDINAMENTO AGENDE 21 LOCALI ITALIANE (ITALY)
ASSOCIAZIONE BORGHI AUTENTICI D'ITALIA (ITALY)
BALEARIC ISLAND GOVERNMENT (SPAIN)
CITTASLOW INTERNATIONAL (ITALY)
EUROPEAN NEW TOWNS PLATFORM
LOCAL COUNCILS' ASSOCIATION (MALTA)
PROVINCE OF ALICANTE (SPAIN)
PROVINCE OF BARCELONA (SPAIN)
PROVINCE OF CASTELLÓN (SPAIN)
PROVINCE OF BERGAMO (ITALY)
PROVINCE OF CHIETI (ITALY)
PROVINCE OF LA SPEZIA (ITALY)
PROVINCE OF MILANO (ITALY)
PROVINCE OF MODENA (ITALY)
PROVINCE OF PESCARA (ITALY)
PROVINCE OF ROME (ITALY)
PROVINCE OF TERAMO (ITALY)
PROVINCE OF TORINO (ITALY)
PROVINCIA DI BENEVENTO (ITALY)
REGION ABRUZZO (ITALY)
REGION SJÆLLAND (DENMARK)
UNION OF BULGARIAN BLACK SEA LOCAL AUTHORITIES (BULGARIA)
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN CROATIA
VERBAND REGION RHEIN-NECKAR (GERMANY)




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