The European Commission has approved funding for 183 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the EU's environment fund. The Commission will contribute more than €16 million to 14 projects directly tackling climate change, with a total budget of €40 million. In addition, 12 projects focussing on other issues will also have an indirect impact on greenhouse gas emissions.
The 183 projects, approved on 19 July 2011, involve all EU Member States and cover actions in the fields of climate change, but also nature conservation, clean technology, environmental policy and information and communication on environmental issues. Overall, they represent a total investment of some €530 million, of which the EU will provide €244 million.