The module is developed for the GeoSmartCity project (
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The Covenant of Mayors (CoM) is the mainstream European initiative involving local and regional authorities in the fight against climate change and developing a more sustainable energy future for our cities. It is a voluntary commitment by signatories to meet and exceed the EU 20% CO2 reduction objective through increased energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources. The Covenant of Mayors was launched in 2008 by the European Commission, with the support of the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament. It provides a bottom-up support for the implementation of the EU Climate and Energy Package, adopted in 2008 by heads of state and government.

The module traces the path of the CoM evolution, starting from its lunch (2008) to the present days, highlighting goals, challenges and critical issues. Special attention is dedicated to the CoM's process, to the technical tools (sustainability energy action plan; baseline emission inventory) and to the implementation actions and assessment. The module offers a picture of strengths and weaknesses of this initiative to the final aim to reduce the total GHG emissions.

The module consists of these parts as follows:

  • Covenant of mayors:
    • Evolution and organization;
    • Aims & tools.

  • Sustainability Energy Action Plan (SEAP)
  • Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI)
  • Monitoring & reporting
  • CoM assessment
Learning outcomes

When completing this module, the learner will be provided with a general overview of the Covenant of Mayors initiative, its history and further evolution.

Intended Audience

This seminar aims at managers, professionals as well as stakeholders interested in the CoM initiative and energy policy.


No specific prerequisites, but basic knowledge about the function of the web is recommended.

Web lecture. The module is a self-learning module.
Expected workload
Expected workload is 1 hour.