Innovative Financing in Cities and Regions: Join a unique EU-wide P2P learning programme!

By Blandine Pidoux, Jana Cicmanova on 18 January 2018

The new Peer-to-Peer learning project PROSPECT H2020 has just launched its first call for applications!

PROSPECT will offer you a total of 3 learning cycles on innovative financing schemes for their energy and climate actions, starting respectively in May 2018, September 2018 and March 2019.

You can now apply online to take part the first P2P learning cycle starting in May 2018, either as a mentor or mentee city or region, and before the 28th February 2018.

Your city or region has ambitious energy and climate objectives? Your local strategies and action plans are ready?
You are not alone!
A growing number of European cities and regions have engaged in the energy transition. They are taking local action to mitigate climate change, adapt to its unavoidable consequences and provide their citizens with access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy. Many are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy initiative and have developed Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030.

But…the last step – securing financing and project implementation – is still a problem?
Again, you are not alone!
The most pressing challenges the cities face today are the restrained public budgets and the lack of staff resources and capacities to invest in local green economy. Public authorities often rely on a traditional approach to financing, governance and partnerships sometimes at odds with today’s fast changing environment, intensely steered by the civil society initiatives (e.g. emerging cooperatives, crowdfunding). Cities and regions need to leverage these emerging models and implement innovative financing schemes and incentives that would unlock citizens, local stakeholders, financing institutions and investors’ funds and facilitate their participation in local energy transition.

Or... maybe you have already managed to secure financing for your project while mobilising other financial sources than the municipal budget?
In this case, congratulations, you are a real champion! Rare are examples when cities and regions implement innovative financing schemes and incentives that mobilise citizens, local stakeholders, financing institutions and investors’ funds for sustainable energy and climate projects.

Whatever your level of expertise, you can join the new H2020 PROSPECT peer to peer learning programmes, either as mentor or mentee!

How does it work?

We tell you in this 2-minute video presentation:

And to answer all your questions, detailed booklets on Peer mentoring and Study visits activities, as well as a FAQ and a Helpdesk are available on the PROSPECT website.

Why join?

As a mentee, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify a local project and challenge you face.
  • Establish your personal learning objectives.
  • Exchange on a one-to-one basis with your Mentor and get a tailor-made assistance adapted to your learning objectives and needs.
  • Get direct access to a network of cities, regions and energy agencies facing the same challenges as you.
  • Obtain a certificate
As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Showcase your achievements in the field of sustainable energy and climate action at European level. We will feature your case study and expertise within the PROSPECT training materials, peer to peer learning programme, EU-wide events and communication channels of our partners and the Covenant of Mayors initiative.
  • Organise one-to-one peer mentoring meeting or a study visit programme tailored towards the challenges identified by the mentees, with the support of the PROSPECT team. You will be able to re-use this programme for any future peer visits and local events.
  • Exchange, confront your ideas and enrich your experience directly with your peers. The programme gives you direct access to cities, regions and energy agencies facing the same challenges as you.
  • Participate in a study visit of your choice. PROSPECT will cover your travel costs.
  • Obtain a certificate

How to join?

Interested to participate in the learning programme? Get further information and sign up here!

Want to know more about PROSPECT? Visit our website and take part in the discussions on LinkedIn and Twitter #H2020PROSPECT

All the PROSPECT partners are longing to see your application and start the match-making process! See you soon!

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Events to come
Webinaire - Faire visiter son territoire
Wednesday 20 February 16:00-17:30

Energy in the hands of cities – Energy, transport and innovation Conference / Konference „Energie v rukou měst“
From 27 to 28 February

Remunicipalisation of the local energy supply
From 28 February to 1 March

Covenant of Mayors webinar - Adapt series #1 Assessing risks and vulnerabilities
Thursday 7 March 11:00-12:45

Rencontres nationales de la participation
From 11 to 13 March

(Re)New Europe - 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities
From 14 March 14:26 to 15 March 15:26

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