• 25 Jan

    Size is not everything: The success story of the Covenant tiny towns!

    Although they have fewer than 100 inhabitants, a number of small villages are fully engaged in the Covenant of Mayors - thanks to their cooperation with other municipalities and strong support from Covenant Coordinators.

    A distinct feature of the Covenant in Europe has always been its inclusive approach. Whether it is a metropolis like Paris, a medium-sized city like Heidelberg or a tiny town, every local government has its place in the Covenant Community. Thanks to the Covenant's multi-level governance approach and flexible local action framework, it is possible for small towns to be engaged in the initiative, despite their limited means.

    The small villages Famorca (Spain), Pedesina, Briga Alta, Torresina, Baradili, Piazzolo and Blello (all in Italy) have only between 39 and 95 inhabitants, but are still well advanced in their SE(C)AP process. Their success story is due to two key factors: first, some of them enjoy support from Covenant Coordinators, which provide them with valuable technical and financial assistance and also use external expertise to develop, implement and monitor the villages' action plans. Second, some of these tiny towns are part of a group of municipalities, which submit a joint SE(C)AP that has a shared, collective CO2-reduction commitment. Alternatively, a group of municipalities can also have individual CO2-reduction commitments for each municipality that is part of it.

    See below where these Spanish and Italian tiny towns stand in their Covenant journey:


    Pedesina, Italy: 39 inhabitants

    • Part of a group of 23 municipalities: Comunità Montana Valtellina di Morbegno (also Covenant Coordinator)
    • CO2 reduction target of 20% by 2020
    • Joint SEAP submitted and accepted in 2015


    Briga Alta, Italy: 39 inhabitants

    • Part of a group of 13 municipalities: Aggregazione Garessio
    • CO2 reduction target of 20% by 2020
    • Joint SEAP submitted and accepted in 2017


    Torresina, Italy: 52 inhabitants

    • Part of a group of 20 municipalities: Aggregazione Niella Belbo
    • CO2 reduction target of 27% by 2020
    • Joint SEAP submitted and accepted in 2017


    Baradili, Italy: 95 inhabitants

    • Submitted SEAP in 2013 and full monitoring report in 2017
    • Doubled share of local energy production (now at 4%)
    • Supported by Covenant Coordinator Sardinia Region


    Famorca, Spain: 52 inhabitants

    • Submitted SEAP in 2011 and full monitoring report in 2018
    • Reduced its CO2 emissions by 35% since 2007 (baseline year)
    • Overachieved already its 20% CO2 reduction target by 2020
    • Received technical and financial support by Covenant Coordinator Alicante Province, Alicante's provincial energy agency and external experts


    Piazzolo, Italy: 88 inhabitants


    Blello, Italy: 90 inhabitants

    • Submitted SEAP in 2012 and monitoring action report in 2016
    • CO2 reduction target of 77% by 2020
    • Supported by the Covenant coordinators Comunità Valle Brembana and Bergamo province


    These inspiring success stories from small Covenant villages in Italy and Spain will hopefully be seen soon also in other European countries!

    © photo: Salvatore Greco - CC BY-SA 3.0