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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (CoM) is the mainstream European voluntary movement involving local authorities in the development and implementation of sustainable energy and climate policies. Since its launch in 2008, the initiative has progressively grown into a worldwide city movement, extending first to Europe's eastern and southern neighbouring countries and then to Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2017, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and Compact of Mayors merged into the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), an international alliance of local governments with a shared long-term vision of supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low-emission and resilient society. GCoM is building upon the key success factors of the CoM and counts more than 9.000 cities in 131 countries. The initiative tackles three pillars which are regionally tailored: climate change mitigation, adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change and universal access to secure, clean and affordable energy.
In Europe, the CoM complements national climate change strategies and plans and signatories pledge to reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 40%, increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change and take action to alleviate energy poverty.
Authorities signing up for the CoM commit to developing and implementing actions at local level to contribute to the climate challenge and the sustainability of their territories. This formal commitment is translated into concrete measures and projects by the implementation of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP), which includes the strategies and the key actions local authorities intend to undertake. The SECAP is based on the outcomes of the Baseline Emission Inventory – BEI and the Risks and Vulnerabilities Assessment- RVA.
Signatories can benefit from networking with other CoM signatories with a view to funding opportunities, improve local health and quality of life and boost economic and employment growth.
The JRC provides scientific and technical support to the initiative, based on its expertise in fields such as sustainable energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation and access to energy. The JRC work includes:
A detailed guidebook for Sustainable Energy Action Plans and Emissions Inventory is available here.
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