Following Mallorca's commitment to anticipate climate change unavoidable effects, the counsellor of Local Development Joan Font and the insular director of Local Cooperation, Joan Manera signed an agreement of collaboration between the insular institution and 33 signatories of the European Covenant of Mayors initiative.
According to the agreement, Mallorca Council, as Covenant Coordinator, will fund the writing of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) for each municipality. Such plans will allow the towns to specify concrete actions, like the installation of a computer system to improve energy efficiency thanks to the monitor of energy consumption and expenses. The plans will also include actions in other areas, such as public lighting or waste collection. In exchange, the towns' councils promise to collaborate actively for the compilation, treatment and study of the energy data and to organize dissemination actions for the Energy Day 2019.
Mallorca Council wants to involve all municipalities of the island in the fight against climate change. As explained by the president of the Council, Miquel Ensenyat: "A joint action is necessary. The fight against climate change has to be global and we want to implicate as many towns as possible in Mallorca. Many tools are already available to us, thanks to the Covenant of Mayors initiative.”
The counsellor of Local Development Joan Font pointed out that “The information we receive in respect to climate and energy challenges proves that climate change is happening and we are all responsible. We, men and women, have to make something about this".
Most of the municipalities part of the agreement are small and medium, with 30 having less than 20.000 inhabitants and 3 from 20.000 to 50.000 inhabitants. Mallorca Island is carrying out a global strategy in the Covenant of Mayors initiative. A Reference Emissions Inventory was carried out for all its 53 Covenant municipalities. The Council expects the other municipalities of the island to join the Covenant of Mayors during 2019. They also plan to develop a global island project, with 2 big municipalities already signatories of the Covenant of Mayors. The Government of Baleares, also a Covenant Coordinator, is very implicated in this project.
The Covenant Municipalities part of the agreement
The following municipalities in Mallorca signed the agreement: Algaida, Andratx, Alcúdia, Banyalbufar, Bunyola, Binissalem, Capdepera, Costitx, Campanet, Campos, Esporles, Felanitx, Lloret de Vistalegre, LLubí, Llucmajor, Mancor de la Vall, Maria de la Salut, Muro, Montuiri, Manacor, Marratxí, Porreres, Puigpunyent, Sa Pobla, Santanyí, Selva, Ses Salines, Sineu, Santa Margalida, Son Servera, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Santanyí, Valldemossa.