PROSPECT will offer EU Cities and Regions a total of 3 learning cycles on innovative financing schemes for energy and climate actions, starting respectively in May 2018, September 2018 and March 2019.
You can now apply online to the first 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 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:
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!
The Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place will take place in Brussels on 21 February 2018
The event will present 25 successful projects and initiatives in dedicated interactive workshops in 5 thematic strands:
- financing climate adaptation;
- financing clean urban transport;
- financing energy efficiency in public assets;
- delivering home renovation schemes in cities and regions; and
- innovative financing solutions.
Practitioners will provide their concrete experience in the development of investment project pipelines in order to enable replication by other interested project promoters.
The event will bring together stakeholders and practitioners from cities, regions and industry as well as the financial sector to discuss the key success factors for financing climate adaptation, clean urban transport and energy efficiency at the operational level.
Stands will present successful projects and resources available to support project promotors, including local and regional authorities to design and implement successful initiatives in the areas covered by the event.
More information is published on the event website, including the draft agenda. Updates will be published on the event page over the coming weeks.
This event is organised by the European Commission's Directorate-Generals for Energy and Climate Action and the Executive Agency for Small and medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors.
Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market
All citizens, organisations and stakeholders with an interest and/or involvement in issues related to investment, entrepreneurship, research, innovation and SMEs are welcome to respond to this consultation.
Objective of the consultation
In 2018, the European Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is the EU's long–term budget. The European Commission's proposals will be designed to make it possible for the EU to deliver on the things that matter most, in areas where it can achieve more than Member States acting alone. This requires a careful assessment both of what has worked well in the past and what could be improved in the future. This consultation is an integral part of the process and its objective is to collect the views of all interested parties on how to make the most of every euro of the EU budget.
Fostering the Transition towards a Circular Economy in Europe: Turning Waste into a Resource
this timely symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity for industry experts, policy makers, academics, NGOs and other key stakeholders to review the latest European regulatory policy developments on the Circular Economy Package and discuss strategies aimed at promoting a more sustainable economy. The symposium will allow delegates to assess the current challenges to the transition towards a more circular economy, consider ways to overcome them, set future priorities and share best practice and initiatives from across Europe.
The Action Cluster has the objective to increase the knowledge sharing thanks the dissemination of the information available. The Action Cluster gives the possibilities of stakeholders to collect information on the know-how and experiences on innovative procurement solutions through the organisation of webinars, and the dissemination of best practices.
The knowledge sharing will deep the knowledge on innovative procurement and will spread the opportunities available, contributing to the development and the implementation of public procurement.
How public procures and suppliers have implemented innovation procurement
Six public procurers and six suppliers are presented in a unique series of videos created by the eafip initiative!
The videos each feature a European public procurer or supplier who has successfully developed and implemented innovation procurement. The videos will inspire you in the development and implementation of your own public procurement by deepening your knowledge about innovation procurement and providing invaluable information from both the procurers’ and the suppliers’ side of the PCP/PPI process. They share with you their approaches, best practices, lessons learned and much more.
Existing business models, finance & funding instruments and procurement schemes do not always fit today’s challenges within our cities. There is a strong need for knowledge sharing, innovation and expertise on business models, finance & funding and procurement. The Business Model Action Cluster is a platform where stakeholders work together to establish a dialogue, identify and remove the obstacles for the development of a smart cities market. The action cluster wants to be a focal point for the gathering and sharing of information on business models, financing opportunities and procurement methods.
The AC may address for example:
Funding and Financing opportunities
Spreading of lessons learned from successful business models
Communication of procurement practices and best/worst cases
Increase the collaboration among European smart cities and communities
Organisation of events, webinars and development of interactive tools.