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Call: Climate Governance and Information

Programme
Acronym LIFE-CLIMA
Description of programme
"LIFE - sub-programme “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation”"

The specific objectives of the sub-programme “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation” are:

  • to develop, demonstrate and promote innovative techniques, methods and approaches for reaching the objectives of Union legislation and policy on climate action and to contribute to the knowledge base and to the application of best practices;
  • to support the development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of relevant Union legislation and policy on climate action, including by improving governance at all levels, in particular through enhancing capacities of public and private actors and the involvement of civil society;
  • to catalyse the large-scale deployment of successful technical and policy-related solutions for implementing relevant Union legislation and policy on climate action by replicating results, integrating related objectives into other policies and into public and private sector practices, mobilising investment and improving access to finance.

The LIFE Programme will contribute to the transformation of the Union into a climate-neutral and resilient society, by supporting the implementation of the EU's climate policy as part of the European Green Deal and preparing the EU for the climate challenges in the coming years and decades.

Its areas of intervention will be the following:

  • Climate Change Mitigation
    • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, including fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances, in line with the EU’s climate neutrality target and the improvement of energy efficiency, including addressing the policy and market framework for the development and deployment of low-carbon or energy efficient products and services, as well as by promoting the transition of the transport sector.
    • Enhancing the functioning of the Emissions Trading System.
    • Support to sustainable land, forest, soil, sea and ocean management practices, which reduce emissions or remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
    • Develop and promote solutions to remove/sequester CO2 from the atmosphere. Carbon capture and carbon removals can be nature-based and coupled with restoration projects or rely on storage in specific long–term media or use of long-lasting products.
  • Climate Change Adaptation
    • Support adaptation related policy development, and improve adaptation strategies and plans at all levels and in all sectors, in line with the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change;
    • Improve, promote, and scale up the use of state-of-the art tools and solutions for adaptation modelling, risk assessment, management and decision support; adaptation monitoring, reporting and evaluation; and ex-ante project assessment tools to better identify co-benefits and positive impacts on the economy of adaptation and prevention projects;
    • Support the rollout of viable nature-based solutions in the management of land, coastal and marine areas including through assessments, guidance, capacity building, and suitable financial approaches and products;
    • Approaches and solutions for adapting cities and regions to climate change, notably in support of the EU and Global Covenant of Mayors and of the European Climate Pact;
    • Approaches and solutions to ensure a stable and secure supply of high quality freshwater, prevent droughts, reduce water use, protect and restore wetlands, and prevent floods;
    • Solutions to climate-proof and enhance the resilience of infrastructure and buildings, including by using blue-green infrastructure and through cooperation with standardisation organisations;
    • Support preparedness for extreme weather events, notably at a local level and in the outermost regions;
    • Promote financial instruments and innovative solutions to deal with climate-induced risks, and public-private collaboration to reduce the share of uninsured climate-related economic losses, including by improving collection and access to climate-related economic loss data.
  • Climate Change Governance and Information, which will include actions contributing to climate change mitigation or adaptation:
    • Incentivise changes in behaviour and practices, as well as improving citizens’ knowledge and awareness, notably through the support of the implementation of the European Climate Pact, mainstreaming emission reduction and resource efficiency actions in relevant sectors;
    • Development and implementation of climate and energy strategies or mid-century strategies at local, regional and national level;
    • Improve greenhouse gas monitoring, accounting and reporting and contribute to policy monitoring, assessment and ex-post evaluation;
    • Information on best practices and awareness raising on climate change mitigation and adaptation, including on climate-proofing of infrastructure investment and policies;
    • Development of climate services and promotion of climate science;
    • Development and promotion of sustainable finance instruments and support for climate diplomacy.

The sub-programme Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation may cover activities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, as far they are not covered by the Clean Energy Transition sub-programme calls in that same year.

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Call
Climate Governance and Information
Description of call
"Climate Governance and Information"

Objectives:

LIFE Climate Change Governance and Information supports the development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the Union legislation and policy on climate change, contributing to climate change mitigation and/or adaptation. This includes improving governance through enhancing the capacities of public and private actors and the involvement of civil society.

Activities for the sole purpose of raising the awareness of certain groups are deemed insufficient to achieve these objectives, and are therefore not encouraged. Projects which set out to develop tools or studies must include specific and concrete action to implement these tools and studies during the duration of the project.

Scope and areas of intervention:

  1. Support to the operation of the European Climate Pact

Under this area, when contributing to the European Climate Pact, proposals submitted under the LIFE call 2021 shall define and implement as well as identify existing climate awareness initiatives, strategies and working methods at the local and regional (if relevant also national and EU) level, which:

  • they carry out on their own as well as which they mobilise or identify externally as relevant projects (by third parties) to be supported;
  • give the local or regional community a voice and space to design new climate actions, share information, generate support for the adoption of climate friendly behaviours and practices (e.g. dialogues and round tables, co-creation initiatives, systemic societal transformation labs, awareness campaigns);
  • foster behavioural change and change of practices;
  • support societal transformations through bridging environmental, social and economic divides, using innovative ways of working.
  1. Incentivising behavioural change, mainstream emission reduction and resource and energy efficiency actions

A way to incentivise behavioural change to reduce carbon emissions is to label and certify skills necessary for climate change mitigation and adaptation action. Such labelling supports the decarbonisation of the buildings and industrial sectors, fosters market uptake of innovative solutions, including digitalisation and circular design, in line with 2050 climate neutrality. Labelling and certification for mitigation and adaptation action incentivises job creation while addressing market barriers to the development of new skills.

  1. Awareness-raising activities addressing adaptation and mitigation needs

In the LIFE call 2021, project proposals targeting this area should work in support of the objectives and areas of intervention of the ‘Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation’ sub-programme including:

  • projects to help national, regional and local authorities to further develop and improve effective and efficient adaptation policies and strategies;
  • projects developing and promoting actionable climate resilience decision support systems; rapid response solutions for decision-makers and adaptation practitioners; and monitoring, reporting and evaluation activities;
  • projects which support the roll out viable nature-based solutions for adaptation in the management of land, coastal and marine areas;
  • projects which pilot, promote and transfer approaches and solutions for adapting cities and regions to climate change;
  • projects to pilot, roll out and promote solutions to climate-proofing and enhancing the resilience of buildings and infrastructures, including by using blue-green infrastructure and nature-based solutions;
  • projects promoting adaptation solutions which help farmers, forest managers, Natura 2000 managers and other land managers to tackle climate risks and to identify and implement suitable adaptation approaches;
  • approaches and solutions, which ensure a stable and secure supply of high quality freshwater, prevent droughts, reduce water use, protect and restore wetlands, and prevent floods;
  • projects, which support preparedness for extreme weather events, notably at a local level and in the outermost regions, and which foster ‘no regret’ adaptation solutions with multiple co-benefits, like nature-based solutions and disaster risk prevention measures;
  • projects which promote financial instruments and innovative solutions to deal with climate-induced risks, and public-private collaboration to reduce the share of uninsured climate-related economic losses.
  1. Activities linked to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Finance actions

Driving the integration of climate mitigation and adaptation considerations into the EU financial system. An orderly transition to a climate neutral, resilient economy requires a rapid shift in the capital allocation in the EU. The Commission action plan on financing sustainable growth and the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy [expected June 2021] outlines areas of actions to this end. These take place in the context of broader actions announced in the European Green Deal and, the EU adaptation strategy.

Within this context, the LIFE call 2021 encourages projects that help to

  • further develop metrics and benchmarks;
  • improve transparency, accessibility and comparability of data;
  • improve transparency, accessibility and comparability of forward-looking analysis, plans and targets, including on scenario analysis on risks and exposures, and corporate investment plans;
  • develop and implement measures to increase the use of the new information;
  • develop or promote innovative financial solutions that incentivise nature-based climate adaptation solutions.
  1. Greenhouse gas emission monitoring and reporting

The EU and its Member States have committed to greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets internationally and domestically. There are legislative and administrative requirements and arrangements in place to monitor and report on progress towards meeting these targets. For this to succeed, seamless cooperation and coordination by national, regional and local authorities, agencies and other actors is essential and can take place through a multitude of different ways in Member States. Furthermore, monitoring and reporting are iterative processes, within which continues improvements are expected.

In this regard, there is need

  • to develop and/or implement activities to strengthen national, regional and local capacities to monitor and report on greenhouse gas emissions, including through developing and mobilising state-of-the art technological, technical and other solutions;
  • to develop and/or implement solutions to enhance co-operation and coordination between authorities, involved agencies and other actors on greenhouse gas emissions monitoring and reporting.
  1. Implementation/further development of national 2030 climate and energy strategies plans and/or long-term strategies

The EU and its Member States have in place climate and energy strategies and plans (e.g. integrated national energy and climate plans), which set and implement EU and national 2030 as well as longer-term climate and energy targets. While many of the strategies and plans are ambitious, they need to be kept under constant review in view of need for enhanced climate action internationally and within the European Union and its Member States, including in particular to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

In this regard, there is need

  • to develop activities to implement agreed national 2030 climate and energy strategies and plans and long-term strategies, including with a particular emphasis to promote climate-neutrality by 2050;
  • to develop activities to facilitate the upgrading and implementation of existing national strategies and plans, including with a particular emphasis to promote climate-neutrality by 2050;
  • to develop and/or implement solutions to enhance co-operation between stakeholders, such as regional and local authorities, civil society organisations, businesses, think tanks and other actors, to implement and develop ambitious, sound, feasible, effective and cost-efficient policies and measures.
  1. Development and implementation of greenhouse gas accounting and climate change mitigation in the land use sector

A key challenge for the land use sector is the collection or estimation of robust emission and removal data from biomass and soils in order to enable transparent monitoring and reporting. In this context, projects are encouraged to test and implement solutions building or strengthening the capacity to:

  • use spatially-explicit geographical data, exploiting existing EU and national data collection systems (such as LUCAS, LPIS/IACS and Copernicus), for the identification and tracking of land use and land use change;
  • monitor and estimate carbon fluxes in soils and biomass at local, regional and cross-regional level.

The Commission is working on a mechanism to certify carbon removals, which will be proposed in 2023 (as announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan). This includes the certification of carbon removals in the land sector. In this context, projects under the LIFE call 2021 are encouraged to:

  • set up and test tools and advisory systems to support the application of carbon removals certification protocols in the bioeconomy sectors (land management or long-lived wood products);
  • establish operational linkages between the climate-relevant information collected on the ground and the national greenhouse gas inventories.
  1. Assessment of the functioning of the EU ETS

Enhanced implementation and development of climate policies also requires transparency and accountability. A solid system for tracking progress through enhanced monitoring and reporting is therefore important, as well as a robust evaluation of the effects of climate policies considering the international dimension of carbon markets. An essential element is the assessment of the functioning of the EU ETS, its impacts and interaction with energy and other policy instruments and the related development of easily accessible information and data with a view to further develop robust carbon pricing policies and disseminate European experience in this regard.

Under the LIFE 2021 call, proposals focusing on the work area of building broader and stronger international networks of experts and ensure wider dissemination of knowledge on building political support for carbon markets and further technical aspects, such as emissions inventories, projections, monitoring and evaluation of policies and measures, are particularly needed.

  1. Building capacity, raising awareness among end-users and the equipment distribution chain of fluorinated greenhouse gases

In relation to Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases, activities increasing the uptake of training of personnel to service equipment using climate-friendly alternatives (e.g. ammonia, CO2, hydrocarbons) are important. It is especially important to address the existing geographic imbalances in the availability of training and to address the existing shortcomings in the provision of practical “hands-on” training to technicians as regards the installation and servicing of equipment using climate-friendly alternatives. A wider and longer impact could be achieved by train-the-trainer programmes.

Under the LIFE call 2021, projects could also address building capacities, raising awareness among end-users and the equipment distribution chain.

Awareness campaigns among end-users and the equipment distribution chain (e.g. wholesalers, supermarkets, large building operators) could promote the training need and facilitate an exchange of best practices.

  1. Climate policy monitoring, assessment and ex-post evaluation

The EU and its Member States have adopted various climate policies and measure to implement existing strategies and plans to reach the 2030 and longer-term climate targets. Some policies have proved to be more successful than others in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting adaptation to climate change. It is key to monitor how these policies are developed, implemented and reviewed at national, regional and local levels, including through their assessment and ex-post evaluation. Lessons need to be learnt and disseminated on successful policies and their underlying characteristics and implementation modalities.

In this regard, there is need

  • to develop and/or implement activities promoting robust monitoring, assessment and ex-post evaluation of climate policies and measures at national, regional and local levels;
  • to develop and/or implement activities to enhance co-operation between stakeholders (such as regional and local authorities, civil society organisations, businesses, think tanks and other actors) to promote robust monitoring, assessment and ex-post evaluation of climate policies and measures at national, regional and local levels.
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Thematic Focus Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Green Technologies & Green Deal, Disaster Prevention, Resiliance, Risk Management, Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Forestry, Fishery, Food, Mobility & Transport/Traffic , Children & Youth, Education & Training, Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Administration & Governance
Funding area EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
Albania / Shqipëria
Iceland / Ísland
Israel / ישראל / إسرائيل
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
Albania / Shqipëria
Iceland / Ísland
Israel / ישראל / إسرائيل
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Education and Training Centres, Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, Other, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Applicant details

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • non-EU countries:
      • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (participating countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
  • the coordinator must be established in an eligible country
Project Partner Details

Entities from other countries are exceptionally eligible, if the granting authority considers their participation essential for the implementation of the action (see work programme).

Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).

International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.

Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons34.

EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.

Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).

Beneficiaries from countries with ongoing negotiations may participate in the call and can sign grants if the negotiations are concluded before grant signature (with retroactive effect, if provided in the agreement).

Special rules apply for certain entities (e.g. entities subject to EU restrictive measures under Article 29 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU) and Article 215 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) and entities covered by Commission Guidelines No 2013/C 205/0537). Such entities are not eligible to participate in any capacity, including as beneficiaries, affiliated entities, associated partners, subcontractors or recipients of financial support to third parties (if any).

Call opens 13.07.2021
Call closes 30.11.2021
Project duration max 120 months
Further info

Proposal page limits and layout:

Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
  • Part C (to be filled in directly online) containing additional project data
  • mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
    • detailed budget table (mandatory excel template available in the Submission System)
    • participant information

Page limit - Part B: 120 pages

Type of Funding Grants
Financial details

Topic budget: EUR 8,000,000.00

Indicative range of project budgets: EUR 0.7 to 2 Mio.

Estimated numner of projects to be funded: 5 projects

Funding rate for Standard Action Projects (SAPs): Maximum 60%

Submission Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System. Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Contact Details https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/life/about-life/life-contacts_en

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