LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION

Summary

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 Description

The LIFE Programme’s general objectives are the following:

  • Help the transformation of the European Union into a clean, circular, energy efficient, low carbon and climate resilient society.
  • Preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment, protect human health and pursue the prudent and rational utilisation of natural resources through its targeted support to policy and market uptake actions.
  • Contribute to small scale innovation, helping citizens to take action on the climate and for their communities.
  • Contribute to the EU’s commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Energy Union and the 2030 energy and climate policy framework and the long-term decarbonisation objectives. It is also consistent with the EU’s ambition to become a global leader in renewable energy.
  • Provide support for small scale actions intended to initiate, expand or accelerate sustainable production, distribution and consumption practices, and protection of natural capital, by:
    • facilitating the development and exchange of best practice and knowledge;
    • building up the capacities and speeding up the implementation of environmental and climate legislation and policies and facilitating the clean energy transition;
    • helping stakeholders to test small-scale technologies and solutions, and
    • mobilising funding from other sources.

For the current funding period the LIFE Programme comprises of four Sub-Programmes under the fields of Environment and Climate Action:

Under the Environment field:

1. “Nature and Biodiversity” sub-programme

2. “Circular Economy and Quality of Life” sub-programme

Under the Climate Action field:

3. “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation” sub-programme

4. “Clean Energy Transition” sub-programme

 

There are different types of LIFE projects. The most common ones are Standard Action Projects, but there are also Strategic Nature Projects, Strategic Integrated Projects, Technical Assistance, Other Actions and Operating Grants.

The LIFE Programme’s National Contact Point in Cyprus offers free support to both applicants and running projects.

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 www.lifecyclamen.com.cy.

Total Budget

€ 5,432,000,000 (5,4 billion)

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

60-100% depending on the type of project submitted

Thematic Categories

  • Agriculture - Farming - Forestry
  • Education and training
  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Fisheries/ Aquaculture and Maritime Policy
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Rural development
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Urban Development

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Chambers
  • Consumer Organisations
  • Economically Inactive Women
  • Educational Institutions
  • 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

Call Opening Date

01/01/2021

Call Closing Date

31/12/2027

National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
www.lifecyclamen.com.cy

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 926
Email: mpapastavrou@environment.moa.gov.cy

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 962
Email: cpapastavrou@environment.moa.gov.cy

Programme/Sub-programme/Plan Calls
  • LIFE Strategic Projects - Strategic Integrated Projects – Environment

    Opened

    Code: 11618 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 19/10/2021

    Applicants should target the implementation of one of the following plans/strategies:

    • Circular Economy: National or Regional Circular Economy Action Plans, Strategies, Roadmaps or similar, which are officially approved, and which include specific and measurable actions, or targets, with a clear timeline and are in line with or complementing the objectives of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan.
    • Waste: National and regional Waste Management Plans (WMPs) pursuant to Article 28 of the Waste Framework Directive and/or Waste Prevention Programmes (WPPs) as requested by article 29 of the Waste Framework Directive.
    • Water: River basin management plans (RBMPs) pursuant to Annex VII to the Water Framework Directive, Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) pursuant to the Floods Directive or Marine Strategies pursuant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
    • Air: Air quality plans pursuant to the Air Quality Directive or national air pollution control programmes (NAPCP) pursuant to the National Emission Ceilings Directive.

  • LIFE Strategic Projects - Strategic Nature Projects

    Opened

    Code: 11614 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 19/10/2021

    The objective of a SNAP project is to implement:

    • Prioritised Action Frameworks (PAF) and/or
    • other plans or strategies adopted at international, national, multiregional or regional level by nature and biodiversity authorities, that implement EU nature and/or biodiversity policy or legislation,

    through coordination of the available funding and mobilisation of additional funding and with the active engagement of all the relevant stakeholders. In this way, a SNAP project will support effective mainstreaming of nature and biodiversity objectives and priorities into other policies and financing instruments.

  • LIFE Strategic Projects - Strategic Integrated Projects - Climate Action

    Opened

    Code: 11610 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 19/10/2021

    Applicants should target the implementation of one of the following plans/strategies:

    • National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP, Regulation on the governance of the energy union and climate action (EU)2018/1999).
    • National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAP).
    • National or regional adaptation strategies or action plans.
    • Urban or community-based action plans pioneering the transition to a low carbon and/or climate resilient society.
    • National, regional or industry-/sector-specific greenhouse gas mitigation strategies or low carbon economy roadmaps.

  • LIFE Technical Assistance Project Grants - Technical Assistance preparation of CLIMA SIPs

    Closed

    Code: 11606 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 22/09/2021

    The objective is the preparation of CLIMA Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs). CLIMA SIPs projects aim at the implementation of: National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP, Regulation on the governance of the energy union and climate action (EU)2018/1999); National Energy Efficiency Action Plans’ (NEEAP); National or regional adaptation strategies or action plans; Urban or community-based action plans pioneering the transition to a climate neutral and/or climate resilient society; National, regional or industry-/sector-specific greenhouse gas mitigation strategies or economy roadmaps contributing to climate neutrality.

  • LIFE Technical Assistance Project Grants - Technical Assistance preparation of ENV SIPs

    Closed

    Code: 11604 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 22/09/2021

    The objective is the preparation of ENV Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs). ENV SIPs projects aim at the implementation of: National or Regional Circular Economy Action Plans, Strategies, Roadmaps or similar; National and regional Waste Management Plans (WMPs) pursuant to Article 28 of the Waste Framework Directive and/or Waste Prevention Programmes as requested by article 29 of the Waste Framework Directive; River basin management plans (RBMPs) pursuant to Annex VII to the Water Framework Directive, Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) pursuant to the Floods Directive, Marine Strategies pursuant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive; Air quality plans pursuant to the Ambient Air Quality Directive or National Air Pollution Control Programmes (NAPCP) pursuant to the National Emission Ceilings Directive.

  • LIFE Technical Assistance Project Grants

    Closed

    Code: 11595 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 22/09/2021

    The objective is the preparation of Strategic Nature Projects (SNAPs). SNAPS projects aim at the implementation of Prioritised Action Frameworks (PAF) and/or other plans or strategies adopted at international, national, regional or multiregional level by nature and biodiversity authorities, that implement EU nature and/or biodiversity policy or legislation.

  • Nature and Biodiversity

    Opened

    Code: 11588 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 30/11/2021

    Projects should fall under at least one of the two areas of intervention:

    • “Space for Nature
    • “Safeguarding our species”

  • Nature and Biodiversity - Nature Governance

    Opened

    Code: 11585 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 30/11/2021

    Proposals under this topic must address EU Nature and Biodiversity legislation compliance assurance and access to justice.

  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - Circular Economy, resources from Waste, Air, Water, Soil, Noise, Chemicals, Bauhaus

    Opened

    Code: 11579 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 30/11/2021

    The aim of this topic is to facilitate the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energy-efficient/climate-resilient economy and toward a toxic-free environment as well as to protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment.

  • Circular Economy and Quality of Life - Environment governance

    Opened

    Code: 11577 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 30/11/2021

    The aim of the topic is to facilitate the transition toward a sustainable, circular, toxic-free, energy-efficient/climate-resilient economy and toward a toxic-free environment as well as to protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment.

  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - Climate Change Mitigation

    Opened

    Code: 11572 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 30/11/2021

    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.

  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - Climate Governance and Information

    Opened

    Code: 11569 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 30/11/2021

    LIFE Climate Change Governance and Information supports the development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the Union legislation and policy on climate change, contributing to climate change mitigation and/or adaptation. This includes improving governance through enhancing the capacities of public and private actors and the involvement of civil society.

  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - Climate Change Adaptation

    Opened

    Code: 11566 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 30/11/2021

    Projects under this strand should help to achieve the long-term vision of the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change that, in 2050, the EU will be a climate-resilient society which is fully adapted to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. In general, projects should help to reinforce adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience, and reduce vulnerability, in line with the Paris Agreement and the proposed European Climate Law.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Large-scale rollout of industrialised deep renovation solutions

    Opened

    Code: 11533 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The aim of this topic is to facilitate a greater market uptake and large-scale rollout of holistic, industrialised deep renovation solutions for buildings, thereby supporting the implementation of the EU Renovation Wave strategy.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - EU community of "Integrated Home Renovation Services" practitioners

    Opened

    Code: 11531 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    This topic aims at developing an EU community of skilled practitioners actively involved in the local/regional implementation of “integrated home renovation services” in order to pool efforts, generate economies of scale and encourage convergence towards best practices.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Innovative financing schemes for sustainable energy investments

    Opened

    Code: 11529 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The topic aims to set up innovative financing schemes for sustainable energy investments. Proposals should address the set-up of innovative financing schemes leveraging private finance for sustainable energy investments, with a dedicated focus on energy efficiency.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Multilevel climate and energy dialogue to deliver the energy governance

    Opened

    Code: 11526 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The topic aims at supporting Member States in fostering a multilevel dialogue to deliver the energy governance.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Addressing building related interventions for vulnerable districts

    Opened

    Code: 11524 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The topic aims to alleviate energy poverty by addressing the poor energy efficiency of dwellings, as a key risk factor causing energy poverty. In addition, this topic aims to address the many negative impacts low quality building stock has on residents, including poorer health and lower levels of social inclusion.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Mainstreaming sustainable energy finance and integrating energy performance in EU sustainable finance criteria and standards

    Opened

    Code: 11522 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The topic aims to make sustainable energy investments more attractive to private investors and to align them with the EU’s sustainable finance policy.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET – Towards an effective implementation of key legislation in the field of sustainable energy

    Opened

    Code: 11520 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The topic aims to support the implementation of the main pieces of legislation in the field of sustainable energy, notably of the Energy Efficiency Directive (Scope A), the Renewable Energy Directive (Scope B) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Scope C).

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Technical support to clean energy transition plans and strategies in municipalities and regions

    Opened

    Code: 11517 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The topic aims to provide local and regional authorities with the necessary capacity to deliver sustainable plans and strategies for the energy transition.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Community-driven clean energy transition in coal, peat and oil-shale regions

    Opened

    Code: 11513 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    Proposals under the present topic should build capacity amongst communities in coal, peat and oil-shale regions to maximise spending of the Just Transition Mechanism in the area of the clean energy transition leading to increased uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Establish innovative business models and contractual schemes for smart and sector-integrating energy services

    Opened

    Code: 11510 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The topic aims to support actions that develop, conceptualise and deploy new business models and concepts which fully tap the economic value and the wider benefits of integrated services.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - BUILD UP Skills – rebooting the National Platforms and Roadmaps

    Opened

    Code: 11508 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    Launched in 2011, the BUILD UP Skills initiative is supporting the upskilling of building professionals across Europe, to deliver building renovations offering high-energy performance as well as new Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings.

    This topic aims to facilitate the rebooting of the National Qualification Platforms, Status Quo Analyses and National Roadmaps developed under the first phase of BUILD UP Skills (2011- 2012, ‘Pillar I’), to ensure alignment with the EU 2030 energy targets.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Integrated Home Renovation Services

    Opened

    Code: 11504 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    This topic aims at creating or replicating innovative local or regional “integrated home renovation services”.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Facing the increase in cooling demand of buildings in the coming years

    Opened

    Code: 11501 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The proposed actions are expected to provide an improved and comprehensive understanding of the cooling demand in buildings and to develop appropriate strategies on how this demand could be most effectively managed and met in a sustainable way, i.e. by reducing demand, improving energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Disruptive PDA – Technical Assistance to advance market boundaries for sustainable energy investments

    Opened

    Code: 11498 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The topic aims to support innovators across Europe to develop innovative solutions that are mobilising private capital, blending public with private financing, setting up long-term and scalable financial instruments and at the same time overcoming legal and structural barriers whilst delivering a highly ambitious sustainable energy project pipeline.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Creating the conditions for a global improvement of smart readiness of European buildings

    Opened

    Code: 11483 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The objectives of this topic are to contribute to the:

    • successful implementation of the Smart Readiness Indicator;
    • successful market up-take of the Smart Readiness Indicator;
    • rollout of ICT and smart-ready technologies (e.g. BMS, smart meters, smart thermostats, sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smart e-mobility charging infrastructure) in residential, public and commercial buildings;
    • protection of privacy and cybersecurity of smart buildings;
    • reduction of energy consumption linked to the use of digital technologies.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Uptake of energy audits recommendations for the energy transition of companies

    Opened

    Code: 11478 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The key objective of this topic is to increase in companies, using a holistic approach, the uptake of availability of energy audits and to ensure that large enterprises carry out regular energy audits or have an Energy Management System (EMS) in place.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Fostering sustainable energy uptake along the whole value chain in industry and services

    Opened

    Code: 11474 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    The scope of this topic is to establish collaborations between SMEs and larger companies, operating in the same value chain, in order to ensure that energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy sources are maximised at each step of the process, in line with the EU strategy on energy system integration and more in general with the EU Green Deal and the EU industrial strategy.

  • Clean Energy Transition CET - Developing support mechanisms for energy communities and other citizen-led initiatives in the field of sustainable energy

    Opened

    Code: 11471 | Programme name: LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION | | Start submission calls: 13/07/2021 | End submission calls: 12/01/2022

    This topic aims to support actions that foster the collaboration between local and regional authorities and energy communities and/or actions that develop integrated services to facilitate the emergence and growth of community energy projects.

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