Environment & Resource Efficiency

This priority area sits within the Environment sub-programme. It aims to contribute to the implementing, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation, including the integration of the environment into other policy areas.


Projects need to test innovative solutions for important environmental issues, leading to viable as well as qualitatively and quantitatively measurable concrete results. LIFE aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and development results and widespread implementation, and to improve innovative results.


Check the EC LIFE project database – has your project been done before? If so it won’t get funded.


Environment & Resource Efficiency covers five thematic priorities:

  • Water (including marine);
  • Waste;
  • Resource efficiency (including forests, soils, green and circular economy);
  • Environmental health (including noise and chemicals); and 
  • Air quality (including urban environment).


Policy links

Please see the LIFE Regulation and the new LIFE Multi-Annual Work Programme for 2018 -2020 for more information.



Inspiring stories

NaturEtrade: Creating a Marketplace for Ecosystem Services (LIFE12 ENV/UK/000473)


NaturEtrade conceptual model © Alistair Yeomans


Operation Nortese and LSW Project Team © SEPA



LIFE Climate-proofing Social Housing Landscapes (LIFE12 ENV/UK/001133)

Queen Caroline Estate and Richard Knight House © Groundwork London