Climate Action LIFE Projects


The Climate Action sub-programme was introduced in 2014 in the current LIFE Programme and equates to 25% of the total LIFE budget between 2014-2020.


LIFE Climate Action aims specifically to fulfil the following general objectives as set out in Article 3 of the LIFE programme:

  • to contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, low- carbon and climate-resilient economy;
  • to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union climate policy and legislation;
  • to act as a catalyst for, and promote, the integration and mainstreaming of climate objectives into other Union policies and public and private sector practice;
  • to support better climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors.


The sub-programme is split into three priority areas:

  • Climate Change Mitigation: focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Climate Change Adaptation: focuses on increasing resilience to climate change; and
  • Climate Change Governance & Information: focuses on climate related matters.


EU policy drivers

EU added value is important for LIFE projects. LIFE Climate Action projects need to take account of key EU policies including the 2015 Paris Agreement which is the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. Additional information on EU climate policies  can be found on DG Clima’s Climate Action  webpage.


Summarized below are some of the key areas which the Commission are looking to fund projects. Please note that the Climate Action sub-programme offers some flexibility in funding projects beyond those listed in the Guidelines as long as it remains in line with EU policy objectives.


Climate Change Mitigation priorities

  • Alternatives to Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (a top priority). Examples include, inter-alia, air conditioning/ refrigeration units, asthma sprays, heat pumps, manufacturing processes etc.
  • Higher efficiency in energy intensive industries. Examples include transport, buildings and waste.
  • Emissions and removals from Land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). Examples include soil degradation and sustainable biomass.


Climate Change Adaptation priorities

The EU Adaptation Strategy is a key EU policy document and gives ideas of projects which could be funded. The Commission wants projects which are cross-sectoral, ecosystem based, and develop innovative technologies.

  • Strategies and vulnerability assessments
  • Adaptation in vulnerable areas. Examples include flood, coastal and water management, urban planning, resilient agriculture, forestry and tourism in mountains and islands
  • Urban adaptation/ Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. Examples include water, energy, construction, green infrastructure etc.


Climate Governance & Information priorities

  • Developing national 2050 and 2030 Climate strategies.
  • Developing/ implementing EU Climate action policies. Examples include EU Emission Trading Systems and Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases.
  • Build coordination platform for the development of adaptation and mitigation policy.


Inspiring Stories

LIFE Urban Adapt: demonstrating urban climate adaptation and resilience in inner city Rotterdam (LIFE14 CCA/NL/000302)

Urban climate adaptation and resilience in inner city Rotterdam © LIFE Urban Adapt


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