Co-financing of environment and climate projects

Last updated on 19.05.2022 LIFE programme

LIFE programme

The LIFE programme is a financial instrument of the European Commission, which has been used to fund environmental projects in the European Union (EU) for more than 25 years. It is the only financial instrument to be directly targeted towards the environment, supporting the development and implementation of the Union’s environmental policy.

The LIFE programme contributes to sustainable development, the achievement of the goals and targets of the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, and relevant EU environment and climate strategies and plans. The programme was implemented in 1992, with more than 4500 projects having been supported during this period.

Key objectives:

  • to contribute to achieving an economy that is resource-efficient, with low-CO2 emissions, and resilient to climate change
  • to contribute to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment
  • to contribute to halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity, including by supporting the Natura 2000 network and fighting against the deterioration of ecosystems
  • to enhance the development and implementation of the Union’s environment and climate policy and corresponding legislation
  • to support better governance of the environmental and climate fields at all levels, as well as the greater involvement of civil society, non-governmental organisations and local actors.

Sub-programmes: environment and climate

The environment programme has two priority areas: 

  • Nature and biodiversity 
  • Circular economy and quality of life

The climate action programme has two priority areas:​

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Clean energy transition

More detailed materials, instructions and information can be found here, in Estonian, on the EIC’s homepage