Established and funded by the European Commission, the CoMO is responsible for coordination and daily management of the initiative. It provides signatories with administrative support and technical guidance, facilitates networking between Covenant stakeholders, and ensures promotion of their activities.
As a leader of the Helpdesk and Monitoring activities, the main missions of Climate Alliance within CoMO are the following:
- Coordinating the Covenant Helpdesk and capacity-building activities:
The Covenant Helpdesk deals with thousands requests related to the Covenant procedures (adhesion, SEAP submission and delay requests etc.) and methodological principles.
The Helpdesk provides local authorities with information and guidance on the preparation and implementation of both their Baseline Emission Inventory and their Sustainable Energy Action Plan. It ensures capacity building of signatories via webinars and the development of an e-learning platform. CoMO / Climate Alliance also liaises with a pool of national experts to further decentralise the helpdesk operations and be even more embedded in national and regional processes.
- Developing scientifically sound guidelines for Signatories:
Climate Alliance works in day-to-day cooperation with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission - to equip signatories with clear technical guidelines and templates to assist them in the delivery of their Covenant commitments.
To make sure that the methodological framework best responds to signatories’ needs, the CoMO and the JRC are working in cooperation with a group of local energy experts and experienced practitioners from signatory cities.
- Monitoring the Covenant implementation and results on the ground:
Within CoMO, Climate Alliance is also in charge of monitoring the overall results achieved by the Covenant community. The online catalogues of SEAPs and Benchmarks of Excellence have been elaborated respectively to give highlights of the submitted action plans and enhance the visibility of the actions implemented so far. Both platforms make monitoring results accessible and understandable to a wide audience.
Via the ‘Covenant in Figures’ section, a set of aggregated indicators provides a snapshot of the methodological approaches adopted by the Signatories when developing their SEAP and demonstrates the impact of the Covenant initiative as a whole.
Climate Alliance’s role within the Covenant of Mayors EAST branch office
The Covenant of Mayors' appeal stretches beyond EU borders. Since 2011, a growing number of signatories from 11 countries of Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and Central Asia are assisted by a Covenant of Mayors branch office (so-called "CoMO-East") thanks to the financial support of the European Commission - DG DEVCO. The objective of this associated initiative is to increase the capacity of local authorities to deal with sustainable energy planning and support the preparation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans.
Within CoMO East, Climate Alliance is mainly responsible for:
- The adaptation of the Covenant methodological framework
As the addressed cities are confronted with quite different realities in comparison to their EU-27 counterparts, some of these specificities will be addressed by the CoMO-East and the Joint Research Center (JRC) via adequate capacity-building training and support materials.
- The Helpdesk operation
Two offices have been established in Lviv (Ukraine) and Tbilisi (Georgia) to support signatories in the regions.
Climate Alliance manages the CoMO-East in partnership with other networks (Energy Cities, Association "Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine", NL Agency and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia).
Further information here: www.soglasheniemerov.eu (in Russian only)
Covenant of Mayors supporting materials
The Covenant of Mayors Office has developed together with the JRC and experienced experts various technical and methodological support materials, offering practical guidance and clear recommendations on the entire SEAP development process.
All Covenant promotional and technical documents are available in the Covenant of Mayors Library. Have a look at the summary table of these support materials.