Note to the European Commissioner for Energy: HOW TO BETTER ADAPT THE COVENANT OF MAYORS TO RURAL TERRITORIES

RURENER Open Letter to the European Commissioner for Energy
Published by Christelle Lefevre on 03. 04. 2015

100% RES Communities is a project funded by Intelligent Energy Europe Program. It brings together structures of 10 European countries towards the achievement of 6 goals.

• Implement joint SEAP (Sustainable Energy Action Plan) in rural areas in 10 European countries.

• Propose methodological guidelines for rural territories

• Propose adaptations of the Covenant of Mayors to EU institutions at the end of the implementation.

• Measure and report the performance of energy policies in rural areas (100% RES territories label and RES champion league ceremony)

• Facilitate the network of rural areas involved in the process at the European level (RURENER) and national (RURENER national clubs)

• Increase the number of signatories of the Covenant of Mayors

At the time of closing the initiative in its project phase, five objectives were met but the number of signatories of the Covenant of Mayors has not increased as much as we would have liked, despite the efforts of the partners in their respective countries.

The purpose of this note is to rely on our experiment to understand current barriers to the success of the Covenant of Mayors in rural areas.  At the end of this analysis we will also share propositions for the Covenant of Mayor to become a more suitable tool for rural areas. The role played rural areas and stakeholders is critical to achieve the European Energy Strategy. The Covenant of Mayors needs to better acknowledge it.