LIFE programme: more EU support for climate action

The EU agreed to fund the LIFE programme with a budget of €5.4 billion. Watch our video to find out how the funds will support climate action.

LIFE: at the heart of climate action

LIFE is the only programme at EU-level solely dedicated to the environment and climate and the programme for 2021-27 is the most ambitious yet. There will be €3.5 billion for environmental activities and €1.9 billion for climate action. The programme is part of the Green Deal package proposed by the European Commission.

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Creating a cleaner and more circular economy that re-uses and recycles products is a main priority for the EU and the LIFE programme will have an important role to play. The programme will support the transition to clean energy and will work together with other programmes towards the EU goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. It also aims to protect and improve the quality of the environment and to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.

The LIFE programme is part of the EU long-term budget and recovery plans, which committed to spending 30% on climate action. The other programmes include the Just Transition Fund to help EU regions to adapt to the green economy, InvestEU which will finance climate projects, and Horizon Europe, which will fund EU research and innovation in the climate sector.

The programme was approved by the Parliament in April 2021.

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