|Acronym || LIFE |
|Type of Fund
|| Action programme |
|Description of programme |
The LIFE programme
is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the
implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with
European added value.
The LIFE Programme shall in particular have the following
- to contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, lowcarbon and climate- resilient
economy, to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment and to halting and reversing biodiversity loss,
including the support of the Natura 2000 network and tackling the degradation of ecosystems;
- to improve the development,
implementation and enforcement of Union environmental and climate policy and legislation, and to act as a catalyst for, and
promote, the integration and mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other Union policies and public and
private sector practice, including by increasing the public and private sector's capacity;
- to support better environmental
and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors;
- to support
the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.
Link to Programme |
|Description of programme
"Climate Change Mitigation"
According to the LIFE Regulation, LIFE Climate Change Mitigation projects must be pilot, demonstration or best practise
Projects under this priority area need to achieve a lasting change towards a low-carbon society. They
will be evaluated on their EU added value, how they can create synergies with existing possibilities and how they can be replicated.
LIFE Regulation states that to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions the priority area of Climate Change
Mitigation has in particular the following specific objectives:
Projects within the following areas are encouraged, in particular:
- to contribute to the implementation and development
of Union policy and legislation on climate change mitigation, including mainstreaming across policy areas, in particular by
developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions for climate change mitigation;
- to improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation
of effective climate change mitigation actions and measures and to enhance the capacity to apply that knowledge in practice;
- to facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches, such as for climate
change mitigation strategies and action plans, at local, regional or national level;
- to contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change mitigation technologies, systems,
methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed.
Moreover, proposals aiming at piloting or demonstrating technical solutions for
reducing greenhouse gas emissions through eco-innovation, circular economy and other means are encouraged to present "close-to-market"
projects. Such proposals should build on best available technologies and advance the technology readiness levels towards industrial
and commercial scale. Industrialization and commercialization can already start during the LIFE project and are supported
through business models, investment and market analyses, and credible business plans. Such proposals should include a thorough
replication and transferability strategy with respective activities.
- Energy intensive industries
- Fluorinated greenhouse gases
- Land-use, land-use
change and forestry (LULUCF)
Best-Practice Projects - Climate Change Mitigation
|Description of call |
"Best-Practice Projects - Climate Change Mitigation"
practice projects" means projects that apply appropriate, cost-effective and state-of-the-art techniques, methods and approaches
taking into account the specific context of the project.
|Link || Link to Call |
|Thematic Focus || Circular Economy, Sustainability,
Natural Resources, Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity |
|| EU Member States |
|Origin of Applicant || EU Member States
|Eligible applicants || Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City
/ Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium
Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), , NGO / NPO, Start Up
Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association, Public Services |
|Applicant details || |
Entities participating in the proposal may fall into three types of beneficiaries:
(1) public bodies, (2) private commercial organisations and (3) private non-commercial organisations (including non-governmental
|Project Partner Details || |
Partners are not mandatory. Transnational projects have priority.
Call || Yes |
|Further info || |
There is no pre-defined project duration
under the LIFE+ Programme. Usually projects last for 2 to 5 years.
|Type of Funding
|| Grants |
|Financial details || |
EU co-financing rate: max. 55%
is no fixed minimum size for project budgets. While large ambitious projects (i.e. over 5 million € total costs) have
been financed several times in the past, small projects (i.e. below 500 000 € total costs) have seldom succeeded due to the
limited output and consequently the low added value
|Submission || Applicants
must submit their proposals to the Contracting Authority via eProposal. |
For detailed information on LIFE national contact points, please follow this link.
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