Funding for the environment and climate action

The funding will focus on protecting the environment and moderating climate change, supporting a clean energy transition with more energy efficiency and a higher share of energy renewables. This will be one of the tools allowing the EU to meet its climate goals and search for becoming climate-neutral by 2050.

In order to provide a better quality of life for Europeans and invest in a more sustainable future, the European Commission is making big efforts to protect the environment and climate. Increase the LIFE programme funding and integrate climate action into all major EU spending programmes are two measures to avoid climate change.

The LIFE programme is among the EU funding programmes for which the Commission has proposed the largest proportional increase for the period 2021-2027. Raising the level of ambition for climate financing, the Commission has also proposed that at least 25% of EU expenditure across all EU programmes should contribute to climate objectives.


Elements of the new LIFE programme (2021-2027):

  • Continued support for the transition to a circular economy and enhanced climate change mitigation: actions will support the full transition to a circular economy, protecting and improving the quality of the EU’s air and water, implementing EU’s 2030 energy and climate policy framework and meeting the Union’s commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change


  • An increased focus on supporting the clean energy transition: a new specific subprogram will stimulate investment and support activities focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy, especially towards sectors and European regions


  • An increased focus on nature and biodiversity: the new ‘Strategic Nature Projects’ for all Member States will help mainstream nature and biodiversity policy objectives into other policies and financing programmes, such as agriculture and rural development


  • A simple and flexible approach, with focus on developing and implementing innovative ways to respond to environment and climate challenges.

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