Linking rural mayors with the Covenant of Mayors

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Published by Yannick Régnier on 16.07.2013

The Covenant of Mayors (CoM) has been mainly written by and for cities and urban area.

There are two direct consequences for rural towns and territories :

  • Regarding methodology : the process associated to the signature of the Covenant is difficult to be implemented by individual rural towns (by the way, their commitment alone is not specifically promoted by the European Commission due to their small size);
  • Regarding objectives : the potentials of rural areas are higher than those of urban areas, so shoud be the target they are heading to (up to 100% RES within one or two decades);
  • Regarding sectors : some specific issues related to rural areas are not really considered in the Covenant until now (such as the strong impact of agriculture in GHG emissions - other than CO2).

The activities aim at :

  • Designing adaptations to make the CoM more accessible to rural communities according to the feedbacks raised from the field and to the wishes of the CoM decision makers;
  • Defining a step-by-step approach for rural towns, from the political willingness to the development and implementation of a joint SEAP, in order to make it more lisible and to strengthen the confidence of rural communities who could join the CoM together with a territorial coordinator;
  • Ensuring the views and opinions of rural towns and territories are considered at national and European levels, as a counterpart of their commitment in terms of fight against climate change but also territorial cohesion (rural areas will eventually fuel urban areas with energy);
  • Supplying the CoM movement with inputs, experiences and ideas born in rural communities.