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Covenant of Mayors
Regions for Climate
After the adoption, in 2008, of the 2020 EU Climate and Energy Package, the European Commission launched the Covenant of Mayors to endorse and support the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies.
The Covenant of Mayors is a unique bottom-up movement that succeeded in mobilising a great number of local and regional authorities to develop action plans and direct investments towards climate change mitigation measures.
The Kainuu region decided to join the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) by a decision on 28th April 2014 (the protocol in Finnish).The Covenant of Mayors was estimated to support the region in both reaching its goals regarding industrial policy and meeting the environmental and climate objectives and to implementing the Kainuu climate strategy.
According to the rules, the Kainuu region was to deliver a Sustainable Energy Action Plan until 2020 (SEAP) to the CoM no later than one year after joining the network. This plan was completed at the end of 2014 and accepted by the Regional Board on 23rd March 2015 (the protocol in Finnish). For now, he implementation of SEAP in Kainuu is coordinated by Kajaani University Consortium.
Building on the success of the Covenant of Mayors, the Mayors Adapt initiative was launched in 2014, relying on the same governance model, inviting cities to make political commitments and take action to anticipate and prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. End of 2015, the initiatives merged under the new integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, adopting the EU 2030 objectives and an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The new integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy was launched by the European Commission on 15 October 2015 during a Ceremony in the European Parliament in Brussels.