Twenty-four mayors and representatives of local authorities from six countries in the south Mediterranean region have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors initiative, committing to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The mayors and representatives – from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel – took part in a signing ceremony organised by the European Commission and the EU project Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities (CES-MED) held in Skhirat, Morocco.
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. By committing, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the EU's 20% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2020. Currently, some 6,300 cities and towns in 54 countries have signed.