The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020. In February 2010, Ilion signed the Covenant of Mayors and began working on the compilation of its Basic Emissions Inventory (BEI) and Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), selecting 2008 as the base year. In September 2011, EPTA SA was assigned to help in the preparation of both documents, a task that was successfully accomplished with the help of all Directives of the Municipality of Ilion.
According to the BEI, on 2008, 364.733 tonnes of CO2 were emitted within Ilion from municipal activities, residential and tertiary sectors and private transportation. 3% of those came from municipal buildings, vehicles and road lighting, 53% from the residential sector, 9% from the tertiary sector and 35% from private road transportation.
SEAP provisioned measures and activities in seven different axes:
- Municipal buildings
- Buildings of residential and tertiary sectors
- Road lighting
- Municipal vehicles
- Private vehicles
- Deployment of RES
- Green Public Procurement
Under these measures, in the period 2012-2020, Ilion is expected to decrease its CO2 emissions by 20% or 73.622 tonnes of CO2. Indicatively, it is expected that total emissions from municipal buildings will be decreased by 24%, from road lighting by 45%, from buildings in residential and tertiary sectors by 17%, from private vehicles by 22%, while new RES systems will contribute a 1% of equivalent emissions decrease.