Enabling peer-powered cities and regions

EIT Climate-KIC is a partner of PROSPECT, a learning programme that is part of the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. 

The overall aim of PROSPECT is to enable peer-to-peer learning in regional and local authorities in order to finance and implement their sustainable energy plans.

This learning programme will empower regional and local authorities to make use of best practices in developing financing for these plans, which have been implemented successfully in other cities and regions in the EU.


Programme Overview

The objectives of PROSPECT are:

  • To develop and execute a complete and easily replicable peer-to-peer learning program addressing at least 180 local and regional authorities through prominent local and regional associations and agencies. The learning program will be focussed on the development of financing schemes for implementing the local authorities’ energy efficiency and sustainable energy and climate action plans (SECAP). Given that the topic on financing is quite broad, the learning program is structured in five modules (each one representing a sector relevant to the above mentioned plans) namely public buildings, private buildings, transport, public lighting and cross-sectoral. Within each module, concrete guidance for developing financing schemes will be provided.

  • To create effective and productive peer-to-peer groups among regional and local authorities and agencies within and outside consortium partners, in order to ensure the exchange of experience and expertise. The learning program will entail tools specifically tailored for peer to peer learning. These tools, such as mentoring, work shadowing, and site visits will enable the proper matching of peer groups, which will feed in information on the development of financing for sustainable energy plans. The trainers and trainees will be selected out of a pool of experts from the PROSPECT partners’ networks’ members and beyond based on their expertise and needs in a transparent selection process.

  • To build partnerships that will stimulate mutual understanding of each other’s issues, situations and challenges with the aim of exploring new ideas, options and solutions. PROSPECT will build partnerships with local and regional authorities and their associations targeting at exchange of experiences for developing finance for sustainable energy. Next to that, it will identify and connect stakeholders (based on their needs) that develop energy plans on multi-governance levels in order to increase the coherence of such plans (either for national reporting purposes or SEAPs).

  • To identify and set up proper replication mechanism for the learning programs available to regions/cities beyond the consortium network and the project’s duration.


EIT Climate-KIC’s Role:

  • EIT Climate-KIC is a member of the project consortium of PROSPECT. As such, it hosts the learning platform of PROSPECT which ensures best possible online interaction between mentors, mentees and facilitators.

  • Additionally, EIT Climate-KIC is in charge of developing and implementing a transparent certification scheme. Certificates will be granted to successful participants based on demonstrated proficiency in applying financing schemes to energy efficiency projects. The certification scheme will link to EIT Climate-KIC’s Certified Professional initiative.


Next Steps

Three learning cycles will start respectively in May 2018, September 2018 and March 2019. 

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 752126.

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