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.
This topic addresses several areas that are key for the achievement of the ambitious EU targets for the decarbonisation of buildings.
It aims to develop and deploy approaches that bring actors, markets, frameworks and innovative solutions together to increase the attractiveness of building performance up-grades and to reduce the administrative, logistic and financial burden that still goes along with (deep) retrofitting of buildings.
The topic also aims to address the need for quality data to make verification and financing more robust and to help deploy services that valorise building energy efficiency and smartness.
Proposals are expected to focus on one of the three scopes (A, B or C) established below. In their introduction, proposals should clearly identify one scope against which the proposal shall be evaluated.
Scope A: Facilitating large-scale deep renovation
Proposals should stimulate volume and demand of deep renovation, by aggregating demand, linking demand and supply, by incentivising uptake of industrialised prefabrication solutions with reduced on-site construction time, by rolling out tools such as building renovation passports or by improving coordination of the supply chain. The topic welcomes action in all markets regardless of their readiness or maturity, and in particular in less mature markets. Proposals should explain and adapt the proposed activities to the context in which they will be acting.
Proposals should address one of the following areas/aspects:
Scope B: Regulatory and administrative frameworks
Proposals should address barriers linked to the legal and regulatory framework in particular at local and regional level, and in the spirit of the recast as proposed for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
Proposals should clearly identify the specific barriers and the governance level which will be addressed, the expected outcome and provide an indication of the feasibility and timeline for implementation. The relevant public authorities should be involved in the project activities (not necessarily as consortium members) in order to ensure implementation of the proposed changes, with an indication of the necessary conditions/likelihood for implementing changes. Proposals should support public authorities in estimating the effectiveness of the frameworks and identifying changes to be introduced. Proposals should seek to exchange on examples and best practices with other regions and/or countries.
Scope C: Buildings energy data and services
Actions are expected to improve the availability, quality and accuracy of buildings data and the access to these for multiple usages and parties including financial institutions; they are moreover expected to explore and foster the use of data for the development and financing of services that enhance the energy performance of buildings and the efficiency of the system. Actions may also develop and deploy approaches for use of better data to improve the reliability and consistency of key instruments, such as Energy Performance Certificates.
Actions should address for example one or more of the following areas/aspects:
Expected maximum EU contribution: €2 000 000
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) established in EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs) or listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.
Proposals must be submitted by at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.
Department of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Telephone: +357 22 408 926
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Telephone: +357 22 408 962