The programme for the environment and climate action (LIFE) for 2014 to 2020
aims to contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 strategy, the seventh EU environment action programme and other relevant EU environment and climate change initiatives.
ABOUT LIFE PROGRAM
[themify_col grid=”2-1 first”]The programme has two subprogrammes (environment and climate action). It also introduces integrated projects, which operate on a large scale, starting at regional or multi-city level. These aim to implement environmental and climate change policy by applying plans and strategies based on EU legislation and integrating these policies further into other policy areas. The intention is to mobilise complementary funds, especially EU funds, to do so.
Other new features are two innovative financial instruments for funding projects through loans and equity: the PF4EE (Private for Financing for Energy Efficiency) and the NCFF (Natural Capital Financing Facility), which is co-funded by the Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) on a pilot scale.
Overall, at least 81 % of LIFE resources is to be spent on projects.[/themify_col]
[themify_col grid=”2-1″]LIFE’s main objectives include: use as a catalyst for changes in policymaking on environment and climate action; promoting implementation and integration of environment and climate objectives in other policies and EU countries’ practice; better governance; specific link to EU priorities: resource efficiency, biodiversity loss and climate adaptation and mitigation.
The environment subprogramme (75 % of the budget) has three priority areas: environment and resource efficiency; nature and biodiversity (55 % of the budget for action grants under the environment subprogramme); environmental governance and information.These priorities cover seven thematic priorities: nature and biodiversity; water, including the marine environment; waste; resource efficiency, including soil and forests and green and circular economy; environment and health, including chemicals and noise; air quality and emissions, including the urban environment; and information and governance.[/themify_col]