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A new analysis by Covenant Supporter Cyprus Energy Agency has shown that Covenant signatories in Cyprus are bound to exceed their 2020 CO2 reduction commitments.
The monitoring figures for Cypriote Covenant cities compiled by the Cyprus Energy Agency highlight the progress made by 22 signatories, which all had their Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) approved by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. In their Baseline Emission Inventories, these 22 Cypriote signatories committed to reducing their CO2 emissions by 27% by 2020 compared to 2009.
However, the Cyprus Energy Agency's findings reveal that thanks to the substantial progress reported in the monitoring reports for 2015, these Cypriote Covenant cities are now projected to reduce their CO2 emissions by 35% by 2020! In absolute figures, this amounts to a decrease of 2,2 million tons of CO2.
The CO2 reductions by 2020 are driven by an estimated 2 million MWh energy savings, as well as a substantial increase of the share of renewables in the energy mix, projected to be at an impressive 90000 MWh in 2020.
In whole, Cypriote signatories will reduce their energy consumption by 29% by 2020, compared to 2009. Already between 2009 and 2015, Cypriote Covenant cities have managed to decrease their energy consumption by an impressive 21%, thereby exceeding the EU's 2020 target in this regard!
There are several factors behind these encouraging developments in Cyprus: apart from the impact of the financial crisis and the subsequent downturn of business activities, the actions implemented by signatories play a key role, such as the introduction of new public transport systems, energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in households, more efficient public lighting systems or educational campaigns.
Yet, the analysis by the Cyprus Energy Agency also highlights some barriers that Cypriote Covenant signatories are facing in the implementation of their SEAPs. Limited competences of Cypriote local authorities, limited financial resources, insufficient access to European funds due to the small investment size of projects, as well as limited technical capacity and know-how are noted by signatories as main barriers to better implementation of their SEAPs.
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