The Covenant of Mayors (CoM) was launched by the European Commission’s DG for Energy in 2008. The CoM is a European movement involving local and regional authorities voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources within their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union’s 40% CO2 reduction target by 2030.
The eea has signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with CoM in 2019 and is recognised as excellent implementation tool for the CoM.
The Association European Energy Award AISBL is also a 'supporting structure' of the CoM.
The European Energy Award and the Covenant of Mayors are both aimed at the same goal, namely the continual optimisation of energy consumption at the municipal level. Both require:
Comparisons have additionally shown that the eea measures correspond to the implementation sectors of a SEAP.
But there are also some differences:
The Association European Energy Award AISBL is currently in negotiations for further streamlining the reporting documents between CoM and eea to reduce the work load for municipalities committed to both systems.
> Benefits for municipalities that have signed the CoM and intend to implement the European Energy Award