PROSPECT: Peer Powered Cities and Regions

Project Objectives

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. The learning will empower them 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.

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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; and
  • 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.

The strategic (medium to long term) objectives of PROSPECT are to build capacity of public authorities in financing sustainable energy plans through peer-to-peer learning activities; to help public authorities and their agencies use the rich experience available, which is yet difficult to appropriate solely on their own, and to link public authorities at the regional and local levels and their respective associations along with energy policy makers, associations of planners, technical experts, financing bodies on sustainable energy, and local actors in an intra-European network through an innovative peer-to-peer leaning experience on financing sustainable energy projects and measures.

Role of IHS

IHS leads the development and implementation of the PROSPECT learning program that covers five modules (private buildings, public buildings, public lighting, transport – both public and private, and cross-sectional). HIS is also responsible for creating a sustainability strategy for a coherent and effective action plan for further exploitation of the project’s main outcomes and for keeping alive the communication channels between the city-network members. IHS is also the legal and financial coordinator of the project. 

Project consortium

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (HIS) -


European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (FEDARENE) -

Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy Stichting (IEECP) -

University of Piraeus Research Center -


O.oe. Energiesparverband (ESV) -

S. Energia -

Municipality of Trnava -


The project runs from June 2017 to June 2020.

Funding Agency

PROSPECT is funded by the European Commission – Horizon 2020 Programme.

Contact Persons at IHS

Stelios Grafakos

Elena Marie Enseñado 

PROSPECT is funded by the European Commission – Horizon 2020 Programme.