LIFE Programme

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What is LIFE?

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The new LIFE programme will cover the following areas:

  • Nature and biodiversity
  • Circular economy and quality of life
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Clean energy transition.
The budget of the LIFE Programme increased to €5.4 billion between 2021 and 2027.

The Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation sub-programme will contribute to the shift towards a sustainable, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and resilient economy, thereby contributing to sustainable development.

Climate change mitigation

  • Supports projects in the areas of farming, land use, peatland management, renewable energies and energy efficiency.
  • Provides support for pilot, demonstration and best practice projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation and development of EU policy and legislation, best practices and solutions.
  • Promotes integrated approaches, to implement climate change mitigation strategies and action plans at regional or national level.

Climate change adaptation

  • Co-finances projects in the areas of urban adaptation and land-use planning, resilience of infrastructure, sustainable management of water in drought-prone areas, flood and coastal management, resilience of the agricultural, forestry and tourism sectors or support to the EU's outermost regions: preparedness for extreme weather events, notably in coastal areas.
  • Provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to increase resilience to climate change.
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