Programme: LIFE - sub-programme “Clean Energy Transition”
LIFE - sub-programme “Clean Energy Transition”
|Type of Fund||Direct Management|
|Description of programme |
"LIFE - sub-programme “Clean Energy Transition”"
The specific objectives of the sub-programme "Clean Energy Transition" are the following:
This sub-programme will fund the activities responding to the specific topics defined in the annual calls for proposals which are based on the list of priority topics. Other activities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, which do not address the specific requirements of the calls defined under this sub-programme can be submitted to the calls under the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation sub-programme.
The sub-programme will aim at facilitating the transition toward an energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and -resilient economy by funding coordination and support actions across Europe. These actions aim at breaking market barriers that hamper the socio-economic transition to sustainable energy, typically engaging multiple small and medium-size stakeholders, multiple actors including local and regional public authorities and non-profit organisations, and involving consumers.
The sub-programme will contribute to the implementation of the energy-related actions of the European Green Deal, including the ‘Renovation wave’ initiative for the building sector and will give due consideration to territories not connected to the European grids such as the EU outermost regions. It will contribute to the Just Transition objectives by accompanying the territories and the groups of citizens negatively affected by the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, by building capacity of actors and fostering clean energy investments, mainly in energy efficiency and locally available, sustainable, renewable energy sources. Activities related to technology development will not be included.
A significant part of this budget will be used to finance Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) under OAs grants for the four year period, whereas the possibility to finance SAPs is only foreseen as from 2023.
It will cover the following areas of intervention:
Increasing coherence of energy transition governance at different levels by enhancing multi-stakeholder dialogue and building the capacity of public authorities to deliver under the national energy and climate plans and/or other plans and strategies (e.g. just transition plans, long-term renovation strategies, strategies for the electrification of the transport system). Supporting the development and effective implementation of clean energy policies, including the relevant Union legislation on products and energy consumers, in the EU and third countries. Supporting actions that put into practice the enabling provisions included in the European legislation on clean energy.
Providing support for the decarbonisation of the buildings, industry and tertiary sectors, by fostering market uptake of innovative solutions, including digitalization and circular design in line with the climate neutrality target. Accelerating the clean energy transition by enabling the development of new added-value services and innovative business models. The roll-out of technologies and innovative solutions needs to be accompanied by measures addressing market barriers including support to the development and deployment of new skills and frameworks (labels, certificates, technological and non-technological standards, e.g. for interoperability, etc.).
To upscale investments in sustainable energy, different capital flows need to be made available by addressing both supply and demand of finance, and by using public funds effectively. Supply side activities include: data collection, methodology and evidence-based risk management; harmonisation of definition and measuring of sustainable investments; development of innovative financing mechanisms, products, services and practices; standardisation and aggregation of projects and investments; simplification of the process for investors; capacity building and dialogue. Activities should contribute to EU policy and legislation in the field of sustainable finance.
Build capacity of local public authorities and private investors, notably community collective investors. Facilitate dialogue with the financial sector to deliver sustainable energy investments, including tailored actions contributing to a fair society and to a just energy transition in EU regions most dependent on fossil fuels or carbon intensive processes. Promote public procurement of energy and resource efficient works, supplies and services. Support tailored approaches for local actors to develop investment concepts, implement organisational innovations and aggregate projects. Improve market conditions and develop new integrated services offers for sustainable energy in buildings, transport, ports, and SMEs.
Support citizens in taking an active role in the clean energy transition, including targeted support for collective actions, community and citizen-led initiatives and development of new energy services and social innovations. Strengthen collaboration between local authorities and citizen-led initiatives. Support actions that contribute to alleviate energy poverty. Foster energy literacy and sustainable energy behaviour of citizens, in particular younger generations.
|Link||Link to Programme|
|Thematic Focus||Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Green Technologies & Green Deal, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Administration & Governance|
Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region, Baltic Sea Region, Danube Region
|Funding area|| EU Member States |
Potential Candidate Countries
EU Neighbourhood Policy Countries
|Origin of Applicant|| EU Member States |
Potential Candidate Countries
EU Neighbourhood Policy Countries
|Eligible applicants||Education and Training Centres, 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), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Public Services, NGO / NPO, Other, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association|
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The LIFE Programme shall be open to the participation of the following third countries:
|Type of Funding||Grants|
- Accelerating deployment and affordability of heat pumps through collective purchase actions and procurement
- Addressing building related interventions for vulnerable districts
- BUILD UP Skills – Strategies and training interventions enabling a decarbonised building stock
- Developing support mechanisms for energy communities
- Energy performance and Smart Readiness of buildings – making the instruments work
- Innovative financing schemes for sustainable energy investments
- Integrated Home Renovation Services
- Integration of low-grade renewable energy or waste heat in high temperature district heating
- Mainstreaming sustainable energy investments in the financial sector
- Making the "Energy efficiency first" principle more operational
- National Finance Roundtables for sustainable energy investments
- New ecodesign and energy labelling compliance support facility for suppliers and retailers
- Project Development Assistance for sustainable energy investments
- Setting up facilitation structures to accelerate the renovation wave in the public sector
- Supporting the clean energy transition of the business sector
- Technical support to clean energy transition plans and strategies in municipalities and regions
- Towards a zero-emission building stock: strengthening the enabling framework for deep renovation
- Towards an effective implementation of key legislation in the field of sustainable energy