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Have your say on the future of Europe’s environment fund

Written by Jenny Lawson on 23 March 2020

The European Commission is keen to hear from businesses about the shape of its new LIFE programme, the only EU fund dedicated to the environment.

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LIFE programme consultation

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The European Commission is keen to hear from businesses and experts about the shape of its new LIFE programme, the only EU fund which is dedicated to climate and the environment. 

 

LIFE was first created in 1992 and so far has supported over 5000 environmental projects.  Now, for the first time, LIFE will include a new sub-programme focusing on the transition to renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency.

 

The general outline of the latest programme has already been agreed, but there’s now an opportunity to help shape the future priorities and details of how it should work for the next 4 years.

 

Climate change and the environment have been placed at the top of the European political agenda.  The new “Green Deal” launched at the end of 2019 has set some ambitious goals which include carbon neutrality by 2050 and a drive towards zero pollution. To help achieve these, projects funded under LIFE will be expected to contribute to:

 

  • the shift towards a circular, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and resilient economy;
  • the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment; or
  • halting and reversing biodiversity loss and tackling the degradation of ecosystems.

 

If you would like to find out more about LIFE and this opportunity to contribute to its future priorities for support, please contact our enquiry line on 0300 123 3144 or email contact@enterprise-europe.co.uk.

 

This consultation closes: 27 April 2020