The new LIFE Regulation has been published, the 20th of December 2013, in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Regulation establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the next funding period, 2014–2020. The budget for the period is set at €3.4 billion.

The LIFE programme focuses on Environment and Climate and its main goals are: contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient/low-carbon economy; improve the development and implementation of environmental and climate policy and legislation; support better environmental and climate governance.

The LIFE programme consists of two sub-programmes:

  • Climate action: this sub-programme offers the opportunity to support the implementation of EU’s climate policy (induce transitional change towards a low carbon economy). The application for this sub-programme should be addressing the following areas:
    • Vulnerability assessments at regional or cross-border levels (urban, coastal, mountainous areas)
    • Support deployment of new technologies and low carbon approaches (to fulfil the climate and energy Road map)
    • Demonstration of low carbon strategies such as emission reduction and resource efficiency measures
  • Environment: covering the areas:
    • Environment and resource efficiency: the specific objective is to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches in order to link environment and health and resource efficiency-related policy and legislation. The thematic priorities involved are
      • Water including the marine environment
      • Waste
      • Resource Efficiency, including soil and forest, and green circular economy
      • Environment and Health
      • Air quality and emission, including urban environment
    • Nature and Biodiversity: the specific focus for this area is to contribute to the development and implementation of EU policy in the area of nature and biodiversity  . In particular, with regard to the priority biodiversity, priority will be generally given to pilot and demonstrative projects
    • Environmental Governance and Information: for this area the specific objective it to promote awareness on environmental matters

In order to be eligible the proposals should contribute to one or several general objectives within the scope of the priority area. It is important to underline that projects focused on research or dedicated to the construction of large infrastructure do not fall within the scope of the LIFE programme and are therefore NOT eligible. Possible future projects should belong to one of the following categories:

  • Pilot project
  • Demonstration projects
  • Best practice projects
  • Integrated projects
  • Technical assistance projects
  • Capacity-building projects
  • Preparatory projects

Example of a LIFE projects (from NL partners) are:

  1. Alde Feanen N2000 – Booming business: wetland restoration in the marshes of Natura 2000 Alde Feanen (LIFE12 NAT/NL/000134), the goal of the project is – among others – to restore a large area of water reed beds, submerged water plants and regenerate floating fens. Project location: Friesland, Total budget 6,4 million (EU contribution 3,2 million)
  2. Maastricht water – Demonstration of integrated total water management for cluster of 8 industries, implementing a centralised water supply and a semi collective WWTS and resulting in substantial ground water and energy savings (LIFE00 ENV/NL/000790), the aim of the project was to reduce the emissions produced by industry and decrease the total amount of disposed water. Project location: Vlaams Gewest, Limburg. Total budget 6,2 million (EU contribution approx. 0,7 million)

For the full list of available projects click here.

All proposal will be evaluated and scored according to the following criteria: Technical coherence and quality; Financial coherence and quality; EU added value (to specific call objectives, EU synergies and integration, replicability and transferability, transnational and green procurement aspects).

The overall foreseen budget for the period 2014-2017 is of approx. 1800 million euro (approx. 1350 for the Environment sub-programme and approx. 450 for the climate action sub-programme). The projects will be funded by action grants or by financial instruments and the final allocation will– mainly – depend on the actual number of fundable project proposals under each priority area.

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