life programme

An insight on LIFE 

Created in 1992, the LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, which has co-financed more than 5,000 projects helping Europe to become greener. As of 2021, the LIFE programme includes the new Clean Energy Transition sub-programme. 

The LIFE programme‘s main goals are to:

  • Help make the shift towards a more sustainable, circular, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and -resilient economy.
  • Protect, restore and enhance our environment.
  • Halt and reverse biodiversity loss.
  • Stop the degradation of ecosystems by managing and enhancing the Natura 2000 network, thereby boosting sustainable development.
  • Encourage and support green ideas from both large and small companies, NGOs, public authorities, citizen groups and academia, amongst others.

The LIFE programme will help the EU to reach its European Green Deal ambitions by

  • Transforming the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are zero net emissions in 2050 and where economic growth is separate from resource use.
  • Protecting, conserving and enhancing nature across the continent.
  • Safeguarding the health and well-being of citizens from environment and climate-related impacts.

LIFE Programme management 

The European Commission (DG Environment and DG Climate Action has delegated the implementation of the LIFE programme to the European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). CINEA is supported by NEEMO for the monitoring of LIFE projects and communication of the programme.