Covenant reporting and monitoring framework
The Covenant reporting and monitoring framework has been developed in consultation with practitioners from local and regional authorities, climate and energy experts and with the methodological support of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).
Over the course of 2019, the Covenant framework was aligned with the recommendations of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) Common Reporting Framework.
Support for developing SECAPs
There are a number of resources to support Covenant signatories in developing their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs).
- The SECAP Guidebook, developed by the JRC, offers signatories a set of methodological principles, procedures and best practices to develop their action plans.
Part 1: The SECAP process, step-by-step towards low-carbon and climate-resilient cities by 2030
Part 2: Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI) and Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA)
Part 3: Policies, key actions, good practices for mitigation and adaptation to climate change and financing SECAPs
- The Covenant FAQs answer some of the most frequently asked questions for developing an action plan.
- The Covenant quick reference guides provide ad-hoc information on specific Covenant processes and approaches:
Reporting on MyCovenant
The following resources support signatories using the MyCovenant platform to report and monitor their action plans:
- Covenant Reporting Guidelines (EN) - a step-by-step guidelines on how to report information in the various sections of the guidelines on energy poverty (EN) were released in May 2022.
- SECAP template (Excel version - working document only) – an Excel version of the reporting template contained in MyCovenant. It can be used by signatories as a working document during the preparation of their action plans but cannot be used for reporting purposes.
- Video tutorials
Open data policy
By default, all Covenant data is considered “open data”. Signatories reporting through MyCovenant make data publicly available free of charge through the EU Covenant of Mayors website, as well as on the European Union Open Data Portal or the website of the European Commission (e.g. https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en).
Key data from signatories under the GCoM has been made public through the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy website and shared with the UN’s NAZCA platform.