Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation – Standard Action Projects (SAP)


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

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Programme Description

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. After 22 years, €3.4 billion and 4.170 projects, the LIFE Programme continues to finance actions for the environment and climate action. For the 2021-2027 the total budget of the LIFE Programme is €5.4 billion.

Programme Details

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Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation – Standard Action Projects (SAP)


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 the EU legislation and policy on climate action and to contribute to the knowledge base and to the application of best practice
  • to support the development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the EU 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 policyrelated solutions for implementing the EU 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.

This sub-programme will contribute to the transformation of the EU into a climate-neutral and -resilient society, by supporting the implementation of the EU’s climate policy and preparing the EU for the climate action challenges in the coming years and decades.

Detailed Call Description

Projects under the Climate Change Mitigation Priority Area should contribute to the socially just and sustainable transition towards a climate neutral economy by 2050 and to reaching the EU emission reduction target for 2030 of at least 55% compared with 1990 levels. Union climate policy and legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions focuses in particular on:

  • renewable energy,
  • energy efficiency,
  • the emissions trading system,
  • energy and greenhouse gas intensive industrial production,
  • land use, agriculture and forestry,
  • increase of carbon sequestration in ecosystems,
  • transport and fuels,
  • fluorinated gases and ozone depleting substances,
  • carbon capture and use; as well as carbon capture and storage,
  • greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting,
  • efforts by all sectors of society and economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including public bodies (national, regional and local authorities); private commercial entities; or non-commercial organisations (unions, civil society organisations, educational institutions, consumer groups), and
  • behavioural change, also through activities of the European Climate Pact.

Climate Change Adaptation Objectives: Climate change is having far-reaching effects ranging from unprecedented forest fires, heatwaves, droughts or other extreme events to slow-onset processes like desertification, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification or sea level rise. Projects under this strand should help to:

  • ensure continuous progress in enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, as required under with Article 5 of the European Climate Law17
  • achieve the long-term vision of the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change18 that, in 2050, the EU will be a climate-resilient society which is fully adapted to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

Call Total Budget

€99 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (maximum 60%)

Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Chambers
  • Consumer Organisations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Employers
  • Farmers Unions
  • Farmers, Agriculturalists
  • Financial Institutions
  • Fishermen, Aquaculturists, Owners of Vessels
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • National Contact Points - NCPs
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Producer Associations
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Services Providers
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

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Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment (Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment)

Your National Contact Point can help you with:

  • Support during proposal submission
  • Counseling during your project’s lifetime
  • One-to-ne guidance and consultation
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Networking
  • Partner search

To find out more about the LIFE Programme and the free services your National Contact Point offers, visit

Contact Persons:
Chrystalla Papastavrou, Environment Officer
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 962
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