Climate Action

€44 million available under first call for climate action projects

€44 million available under first call for climate action projects

The European Commission today launched the first call for proposals under a new funding programme for projects dedicated to climate action. The LIFE Climate Action sub-programme will provide €44.26 million in 2014 to develop and implement innovative ways to respond to the climate change challenge across Europe.

European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: "The new LIFE programme for Climate Action is making available more funds than ever before for innovative climate projects around Europe. This will help bring to life cutting-edge low-carbon technologies and scale-up the climate solutions already out there. These funds will also help achieve the EU's climate legislation and policy objectives. Today's call for proposals addresses pilot, demonstration and best practice projects."

The sub-programme is part of the EU LIFE Programme 2014-2020 and will provide €864 million for climate action over the next seven years. It will contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, low-emission and climate-resilient economy and support the development of EU climate policy. It will also provide funding for better communication and cooperation on climate action.

The deadline for project submissions is 16 October 2014. The next call for LIFE proposals will target operating grants for non-profit organisations that are active on climate and environmental issues at European level and will be launched this autumn.