In 2017, the Town of Písek acceded to the Covenant of Mayors. The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is the world"s largest climate and energy initiative for cities and municipalities, bringing together thousands of local and regional authorities. One of the commitments under this pact is to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan within 2 years.
The EU's Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy brings together thousands of local governments that have voluntarily committed themselves to meeting the European Union's climate and energy goals. The Covenant of Mayors was launched in Europe in 2008 to bring together local governments that have voluntarily committed themselves to meeting and exceeding the EU's climate and energy goals. Not only has this initiative introduced the first progressive, bottom-up approach to climate and energy measures of its kind, but its success quickly exceeded expectations. The initiative now brings together more than 7 000 local and regional authorities in 57 countries, drawing on the benefits of the global multi-stakeholder movement and the technical and methodological support offered by the offices involved. The Global Covenant of Mayors initiative draws on the experience gained over the past eight years in and outside Europe and builds on the key success factors of the original initiative: its bottom-up approach, the multi-level cooperation model and its context-based framework .
In the Czech Republic, as of January 2019, the Pact has only 11 signatories: Brno, Chrudim, Hlinsko, Jeseník, Liberec, Litoměřice, Lkáň, Mezilesí, Ostrava, Prague, Písek. The number of signatories in the Czech Republic is very small, both in comparison with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (Poland: 40 signatories, Hungary: 40 signatories, Bulgaria: 25 signatories, Romania: 73 signatories) and with countries with approximately the same population ( Belgium: 337 signatories, Portugal: 119 signatories).