Towards an effective implementation of key legislation in the field of sustainable energy


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name


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

Identifier Code



Towards an effective implementation of key legislation in the field of sustainable energy


Actions under this topic are expected to:

  • Promote and enable exchange of insights and sharing of best practices within and across Member States.
  • Provide support, technical advice and tools for contextualisation and specification of requirements, in general and according to the national and regional context.
  • Scope, assess and model the impact of implementation options to comply with EU legislative requirements, thereby contributing to the design of more effective policies.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of policy implementation.
  • Develop and apply methodologies to more accurately measure, calculate and account for contributions made under the specific policy measures and programmes.
  • Develop and support integrated methodologies for areas and sectors that are addressed by different policies and pieces of legislation, notably approaches for integrated collection of data, calculation/accounting, verification, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Monitor and model energy and non-energy impacts of integrated solutions; gather data for the energy and buildings sector.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals are expected to focus on one of the 3 scopes established below. The scope addressed should be specified in the proposal’s introduction. In case a proposal addresses elements of more than one scope, the added-value of a cross-cutting approach should be adequately explained.

Scope A: Support for the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive
Actions under Scope A are expected to address core provisions and aspects of the Energy Efficiency Directive:

  • the Energy Efficiency First Principle, supporting Member States in the operational implementation of the provisions and helping develop related assessment methodologies, tools and benchmarks, including for the application of the principle in planning and investment decisions in energy networks.
  • the Energy Efficiency targets, including new methods to collect and integrate different sources of data, to forecast trends and to evaluate policies and measures.
  • the role of the public sector in delivering energy efficiency, supporting Member States in gathering and calculating data from public bodies for the final energy consumption reduction targets.
  • the Energy Savings Obligations and Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes, supporting Member States in the design and implementation of the schemes and in the calculation of contributions and evaluation of measures.
  • Contractual Rights of consumers in the area of heating and cooling, supporting Member States and regulatory bodies in putting in place provisions and standards matching the requirements and information needs of consumers and complementing the implementation of the respective articles.
  • Energy Services, supporting Member States in putting in place standard contracts and quality control schemes, moreover platforms/databases that facilitate access to qualified and certified energy services providers.

Scope B: Support for the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive
Actions under Scope B are expected to address core provisions and aspects of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), in particular those measures that have been newly introduced or reinforced under the Fit for 55 Package and REPowerEU Plan, including but not limited to one of the following:

  • Provisions related to the permit-granting process as established in the revision of the RED, notably to support the joint development of new tools, sharing of best practices, and training programmes for speeding up and streamlining permitting procedures through an EU community of practitioners in RES permitting consisting of the contact points established under Art 16 of the RED and other permit-granting authorities, including at regional and local level.
  • other provisions related to the permit-granting process or to administrative procedures, regulations and codes, including the exchange of insights and good practice between relevant authorities for the identification of the land and sea areas necessary for the installation of plants for the production of energy from renewable sources, development of plans designating renewables go-to areas / acceleration areas for one or more types of renewable energy sources, including effective environmental impact mitigation measures.
  • provisions related to the development of enabling frameworks to promote and facilitate the development of renewables self-consumption and energy sharing e.g. in multi-apartment blocks.
  • provisions related to renewable energy communities (RECs) and potential interactions with Citizen Energy Communities, in particular, their implementation in sectors where energy community models are less prevalent (e.g. heating, flexibility services).

Scope C: Support for the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Actions under Scope C are expected to address core provisions and aspects of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, in particular those that are likely to be subject to major changes newly introduced under the Fit for 55 proposal for revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
Actions should address in particular aspects in one of the two main focus areas as established below, even if not limited to these:

1. Actions to enhance the effectiveness and coherence of instruments designed to improve the energy performance of buildings

2. Actions to support the transition to a climate-neutral building stock

Call Total Budget

€8 000 000

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


Expected maximum EU contribution: €2 000 000


Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • Private Bodies
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

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.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Telephone: +357 22 408 926

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Telephone: +357 22 408 962

EU Contact Point

European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency