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EU Covenant of Mayors

LonMark International Partners with EU Covenant of Mayors to Help Promote Interoperable Smart City Solutions

Covenant of Mayors (CoM) for Climate & Energy is an urban climate and energy initiative developed by the European Union to bring together local, regional and national authorities voluntarily committed to implementing the EU climate and energy objectives. The CoM initiative was launched in 2008 by the European Commission after the adoption of the 2020 EU Climate and Energy Package. Building on the success of the CoM, the Mayors Adapt initiative was set up in 2014 to engage cities in taking action to adapt to climate change. At the end of 2015, the two initiatives merged under the new integrated CoM for Climate & Energy, adopting the EU 2030 objectives (including 40% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030) and an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation. With over 7,000 signatories representing over 210 million citizens, it has become one of the world’s largest climate and energy initiatives. For more information please visit:      

In December 2016, LonMark International joined the CoM as an associate partner. LonMark International and its members of the OLLC (Outdoor Lighting LonMark Committee) will provide the following services:

  • Promote the  CoM initiative, mobilizing existing and potential signatories
  • Advise CoM with technical expertise and open solutions based on LON
  • Exchange and share knowledge, experiences, best practices, tools or resources relevant to Covenant signatories
  • Work in partnership with other covenant supporters and other  National/Territorial coordinators to foster joint action and promote a coordinated approach
  • Participate in CoM activities

The interoperable solutions of LonMark’s members, using the ISO/IEC 14908 series of standards, create a durable competitive environment whereby any part of the system can be sourced from a multiple suppliers. This prevents vendor lock-in, since no single component will force owners into a proprietary, single-vendor solution, with a risky single source strategy for replacement parts and a single source for maintenance and support. With a well-structured standards-based system, all of the proprietary hooks are removed, leaving the customer with a wide variety of options. This approach reduces investment and maintenance costs, improves integration, and provides a state-of-the-art infrastructure which most cities planners agree are important to becoming a “Smart City”.


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