24 Mayors and Representatives of Local Authorities from six Union for the Mediterranean members have today 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.