Twenty-four mayors and representatives of local authorities from five countries in the southern Mediterranean region yesterday signed the Covenant of Mayors, committing to help reduce carbon emissions.
The mayors and representatives – from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel – took part in a signing ceremony organised by the European Union and the EU project Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities (CES-MED) held in Skhirat, Morocco on 6 May.
The Covenant of Mayors is a global movement that started in the EU. It involves local and regional authorities voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By committing, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the EU’s 20% carbon reduction target by 2020. Currently, some 6,300 cities and towns in 54 countries have signed. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre press pack – Euro-Mediterranean Energy Cooperation: Working together for secure and sustainable energy
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage – energy