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LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4500 projects. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.Read more >>

Member States to benefit from quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment, nature and climate action

Press release

25 October 2018 The European Commission has approved an investment package of € 243 million from the EU budget for projects supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future.

 

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EU budget: Commission proposes to increase funding to support the environment and climate action

Press release

01 June 2018 For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and climate action.

 

 

 

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Monitoring air quality from street to country

Image: ATMOSYS VITO
Image: ATMOSYS

11 December 2018More and more environmental agencies and city planners across the EU are using air quality monitoring technology developed within LIFE ATMOSYS, 5 years after the project concluded.

 

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Low emissions at high altitudes

Photo: Crops for better soilPhotovoltaic panels at Lizara hut
Photo: Sustainhuts

10 December 2018Mountain huts by their nature are remote, off the grid and dependent on fuel deliveries. The LIFE SustainHuts project is showing that installing green technologies in extreme conditions can make even off-grid buildings more energy efficient.

 

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Spanish farmers go organic at a profit

Photo: Crops for better soil Photo: Crops for better soil

05 December 2018Organic agriculture is boosting crop revenues and restoring soils across some of the driest regions in Spain. As part of the LIFE-funded Crops for better soil project, some farmers boosted their profits from €50 a hectare to over €300 in just five years.

 

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LIFE supports international biodiversity efforts at COP14

Photo: Indemares Photo: Indemares

04 December 2018The EU is calling for an urgent global response to the existential threat posed by losses to wildlife and ecosystems. To gain from international efforts, several LIFE projects exhibited at the COP14 UN biodiversity conference in Egypt.

 

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Saving energy on a tight budget

Photo: DoppelPlus Photo: DoppelPlus

30 November 2018Climate change can feel overwhelming to us as individuals. For people on a low budget, taking steps to make everyday life more environmentally friendly is even tougher. ClimAct in Austria is taking steps to support and empower families to adapt.

 

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Coexistence with wolves in a changing Romania

Photo: WOLFLIFE Photo: WOLFLIFE

30 November 2018Human and wolf coexistence is a complex challenge with deep historical roots. In Romania changing farming communities, expanding national infrastructure and fragmented habitats mean that the human–wolf relationship needs ever-closer attention.

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Finding cleaner alternatives to textile finishing products

Photo: MIDWOR-LIFE Hydrophobic material, MIDWOR-LIFE

26 November 2018The textile industry continues to look to a LIFE-funded project for inspiration on cleaning up its environmental impact, after the project officially concluded in August this year. MIDWOR-LIFE carried out industrial-scale assessments in Spain, the Czech Republic and Italy on textile finishing products which enable fabrics to repel water or oil.

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Saving the European lynx – building on hunters' legacy

Photo: Matej Vranič, Photo: Matej Vranič,
LIFE Lynx

23 November 2018The European lynx (Lynx lynx) was first reintroduced into the Former Yugoslavia in 1973 by foresters and hunters, after the Dinaric-SE Alpine population becoming extinct in the wild at the end of the 19th century. Now, due to inbreeding and dwindling numbers, the LIFE Lynx project is fighting to save the population by introducing new animals.

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Catching public pressure on marine litter

Photo: Clean Sea LIFE Plastic waste
Photo: Clean Sea LIFE

19 November 2018An estimated € 630 million is spent each year cleaning beaches and coastal areas across the EU. A workshop by the Clean Sea LIFE project at the European Parliament gave the fishing community and port authorities a platform to explain how marine litter affects them, and what solutions are possible.

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Making ceramics more climate-friendly

Photo: LIFE ECONOMICK Photo: LIFE ECONOMICK

15 November 2018The ceramics industry is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, producing an estimated 1.84 million tonnes of carbon dioxide globally each year. A prototype kiln tested by the LIFE ECONOMICK project has shown significant improvements in energy performance.

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Sustainable farming to mitigate climate change

Emilio Gonzalez, ClimAgri coordinator Emilio Gonzalez, ClimAgri coordinator

13 November 2018A clear message emerged at the November LIFE ClimAgri workshop at the European Parliament: faced with climate change, current intensive farming practices are unsustainable.

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EU Raw Materials Week 2018 – closing the loop on critical raw materials

Copper, public domain image Copper, public domain image

8 November 2018Three projects funded by LIFE are forging new ways to recycle everyday products that contain critical raw materials (CRM). Recovering more critical raw materials is central to the EU's move towards a more circular economy.

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Innovative technologies to help deter environmental crime

Photo: LIFE Natura Themis Photo: LIFE Natura Themis

5 November 2018Environmental and wildlife crimes are cross-border, global problems that need modern solutions. LIFE projects are using new technologies and digital platforms to help national authorities identify crimes and deter potential offenders. A 2018 LIFE publication on wildlife crime details the many projects supported by LIFE, from training to prevention to enforcement and prosecution.

 

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Helping swifts and bats find a place to nest

Photo: APUS and NYCTALUS Photo: APUS & NYCTALUS

30 October 2018 Thousands of newly-installed nesting boxes are welcoming back swifts and bats to cities in Slovakia. Working closely with landlords, the LIFE project APUS & NYCTALUS also ensured that construction work would not occur during nesting periods.

 

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Silencing underwater noise for sustainable oceans

Photo:LIFE WHALESAFE Photo :LIFE WHALESAFE

26 October 2018 The sustainability of our seas will be at the top of the global political agenda when the Our Ocean conference takes place next week. The LIFE programme is making a positive impact on the marine environment, with projects tackling pressures and threats identified in the EU's Marine Strategy Framework Directive, such as underwater noise.

 

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Combating 'shameful' food waste

Food waste

15 October 2018 “Food waste is not only unethical; it is a shameful waste of natural and economic resources,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, at the recent LIFE platform meeting on food waste in Budapest. He added that it has no place in the EU, where 55 million people go without a quality meal every second day.

 

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Safer roads for Greek drivers and bears

Photo: ARCTOS/KASTORIA Photo: ARCTOS/KASTORIA

9 October 2018 Greece is home to Europe’s most southerly population of the brown bear (Ursus arctos). The country’s Kastoria district is an important area for the species, forming a natural corridor between sub-populations in Greece and the Western Balkans.

 

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New solutions from LIFE at ECOMONDO 2018

Photo: LIFE-PSLOOP Photo: LIFE-PSLOOP

9 October 2018 A host of LIFE projects are at the green technologies expo, ECOMONDO, next month. They will be showcasing their solutions reduce waste, noise, greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful environmental impacts.

 

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Preventing food waste benefits the environment and economy

Photo: LIFE TRiFOCAL Photo: LIFE TRiFOCAL London

4 October 2018 The EU is committed to halving the amount of food waste per capita in Europe in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Food savings are required across the chain, from reducing production losses to reducing the amount of food that is thrown away.

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Reducing the carbon footprint of energy-intensive industries

 Photo: H-REII DEMO Photo: H-REII DEMO

2 October 2018 Energy-intensive industries are responsible for a large share of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions. This means they have a key role to play in implementing the EU's roadmap to decarbonisation.

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Biodegradable films to save crops and cut farming costs

Photo: LIFE MULTIBIOSOL Photo: LIFE MULTIBIOSOL

27 September 2018Spanish researchers have created a plastic film that protects crops before biodegrading completely after harvest.

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Building a better LIFE with citizen science

Photo: Volha Kaskevich Photo: Volha Kaskevich

26 September 2018Online technology has led to a boom in citizen science. Can LIFE direct that voluntary interest in recording the world around us in ways that better support the implementation of nature policy? That was one of the topics under discussion at a LIFE platform meeting on volunteering for nature conservation.

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EU food sector raises the bar on biodiversity

Photo: Pixabay Photo: Pixabay

25 September 2018Environmentally-friendly farming practices such as lining fields with hedges and rotating crops are finding their way into mainstream agriculture.

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Climate Action project applicants seek nearly €200 million from LIFE

Climate Action projects (Click to view bigger image)

18 September 2018 Applicants have submitted 124 proposals for traditional LIFE projects under the Climate Action sub-programme in the 2018 funding round. The deadline for applications was Wednesday 12 September. Half (62) of the proposals are for Climate Change Mitigation projects, with 51 for Climate Change Adaptation projects and the remaining 11 for the Climate Governance & Information (GIC) strand.

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