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LIFE Programme

LIFE Programme

Why is it relevant to tourism?

The LIFE Programme funds projects in environment and climate action. Tourism activities related to green transition can benefit from the programme. Particularly tourism projects supporting the circular economy, energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, as well as climate-neutrality may be eligible for funding.

Overview of tourism-related components

While the LIFE programme has no specific tourism theme, environmentally sustainable projects, especially those mitigating CO2 emissions through energy efficiency or renewable energy may benefit from funding. Similarly, projects that marry climate adaptation measures with tourism may also be eligible. In general terms, funding would be provided via 'standard action projects' following an annual call for proposals.

Details of the programme

The LIFE Programme is the EU funding instrument for environment and climate action. It will contribute to these priorities through its four sub-programmes by

  • boosting and integrating the implementation of the EU’s policy objectives for halting and reversing the loss of wildlife habitats and species and biodiversity across all sectors
  • supporting the transition to a circular economy and protecting and improving the quality of the EU’s natural resources, including air, soil and water among others
  • supporting the implementation of the 2030 energy and climate policy framework, the EU’s 2050 climate neutrality objective, and the new EU strategy on adaptation to climate change
  • building capacity, stimulating investments and supporting implementation of policies focused on energy efficiency and small-scale renewables

LIFE is structured in two fields (environment and climate action) and four sub-programmes

  • Under environment
    • Nature and Biodiversity
    • Circular Economy and Quality of Life
  • Under climate action
    • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
    • Clean Energy Transition

Additional information and how to apply

Example(s) of supported projects

Project Title: LIFE SUSTAINHUTS

Description: The project aims to create and demonstrate sustainable and nearly zero-emission mountain huts by promoting renewable energy generation thus ensuring energy independence and sustainability. The project implementation over a period of 4 years has several phases: monitoring and analysing of existing energy consumption (preparatory action), implementation of hybrid renewable energy systems including life cycle assessment and environmental analysis (7 implementation actions); 2 monitoring, 2 dissemination and 2 management actions. The applicants propose converting 9 existing mountain houses (huts) in 4 countries (Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Spain), reducing CO2 emissions per year/hut by approximately 5 tonnes. There are 8 partners: 5 from the private non-commercial sector, 1 private commercial entity, and 2 public bodies.

EU contribution: €1.116.543

Level of EU funding: 60%

Links to project: SustainHuts and SUSTAINHUTS LIFE Project (europa.eu)

Database of examples