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Programme: Climate Action

Climate Action
Description of programme
"Climate Action"

LIFE Climate Action is one of the two sub-programmes of the European Union's main funding programme for the environment. It supports both climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation projects. Mitigation projects contribute to substantially reducing Europe's greenhouse gas emissions; adaptation projects address the inevitable impacts of climate change. This part of LIFE co-finances projects that help develop and demonstrate the most effective technologies, tools and methodologies that can be taken to meet EU's policy targets on climate change.

The sub-programme for Climate Action shall have three priority areas:

  • Climate Change Mitigation;
  • Climate Change Adaptation;
  • Climate Governance and Information.

It is encouraged, where relevant, for projects to contribute to more than one of those priority areas and to involve the participation of more than one Member State. Synergies with other environmental and climate policies should be a central theme of adaptation projects.

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Thematic Focus Children & Youth, Education & Training, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity
EU Macro-Regions
Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region, Baltic Sea Region, Danube Region
Funding area EU Member States
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details


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, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services
Applicant details

The LIFE Programme may fund public and private bodies.

Type of Funding Grants
Contact Details

For detailed information on LIFE national contact points, please follow this link.

Subprogrammes of Climate Action

Climate change governance and information

Projects under the Climate Governance and Information Priority Area should promote actions contributing to objective of shifting towards a low carbon and resilient economy.
In this context, the development of long term climate strategies and new policy measures, full implementation of climate policy and legislation as well as ensuring a higher uptake of climate friendly technologies is important. These aspects are inextricably linked to achieving, better governance, mainstreaming climate action in other policies as well as promoting knowledge, dissemination of information and stakeholder involvement.

This year projects aiming to enhance climate governance and capacity-building are strongly encouraged to ensure a high impact, e.g. train the trainers' programmes. Pure awareness raising activities (like creating a webpage) are not encouraged. Projects could develop cooperation platforms and share best practices for more effective compliance, enforcement and mainstreaming, and generate support from the public and stakeholders for the Union's policy-making efforts

Climate Change Adaptation

The EU Adaptation Strategy provides some concrete indications of the characteristics of projects sought and of specific project priorities. It states that LIFE funding for adaptation will give priority to projects that address key cross-sectoral, trans-regional and/or cross-border issues. Projects with demonstration and transferability potential will be encouraged, as will be green infrastructure and ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation, and projects aiming to promote innovative adaptation technologies. In addition, the European Union will promote adaptation particularly in the following vulnerable areas:
  • cross-border management of floods, fostering collaborative agreements based on the EU Floods Directive;
  • trans-boundary coastal management, with emphasis on densely populated deltas and coastal cities;
  • mainstreaming adaptation into urban land use planning, building layouts and natural resources management;
  • mountain and island areas, with emphasis on sustainable and resilient agricultural, forestry and tourism sectors;
  • sustainable management of water; combating desertification and forest fires in drought-prone areas;
The Strategy further states that the European Union will support the establishment of vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies, including those with a cross-border nature.

Climate Change Mitigation

According to the LIFE Regulation, LIFE Climate Change Mitigation projects must be pilot, demonstration or best practise projects.

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.

The 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:
  • 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.
Projects within the following areas are encouraged, in particular:
  • Energy intensive industries
  • Fluorinated greenhouse gases
  • Land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF)
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.


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