• 30 Sep 2021

    New LIFE funding programme: Learn more about the 4 pillars!

    The new LIFE programme has four pillars and main objectives: Nature and Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Quality of Life, Climate Mitigation Adaptation, Clean Energy Transition. If you could not attend our webinar dedicated to the new programme and the 2021 calls for proposals, you will find the main information in this article!

    Under the four pillars, the supported activities may be:

    • Promoting best practices and behavioural changes,
    • Catalysing the large-scale deployment of successful solutions,
    • Supporting of the development of legislation and policies, as well as their monitoring and enforcement,
    • Helping member states to improve the implementation of legislation and policies,
    • Enabling actions for energy efficiency and renewable energy poverty include removing market barriers, mobilising investments to improve skills, raising awareness, education, and empowering.


    Climate action

    Under climate mitigation, projects should contribute to implementing the 2030 energy and climate policy, the EU Member States' National Energy and Climate Plans, and the EU's mid-century. Under the climate adaptation, the programme will promote projects that support the new EU adaptation strategy and related national implementation.

    The webinar firstly covered the Climate Change Mitigation and Climate governance and information calls.

    The Climate Change Adaptation call creates the synergies with the EU Covenant of Mayors. The Covenant of Mayors is mentioned explicitly in this call, and applications coming from signatories will be looked at with special interest.

    Project inspiration for climate action: LIFE Aerfit

    Energy transition

    The Clean energy transition pillar focuses on creating and enabling market and regulatory conditions for the clean energy transition, focusing on non-technological aspects. The sub-programme is a continuation of the market uptake CSA under HE2020.

    Special attention was dedicated to the Energy Poverty call that focuses on building-related interventions for vulnerable districts. One of the goals of these projects is to develop and implement roadmaps of EE measures for social housing.

    Project example: TransitionZero

    The Energy Communities call focuses on developing support mechanisms for energy communities and other citizens-le initiatives in the field of sustainable energy. An essential aspect of this call are the integrated services aimed at reducing complexity, simplifying decision-making, and stimulating community energy projects (public and private actors).

    Project inspiration: SCCALE 203050

    Especially interesting was the call Clean Energy Transition - LIFE-2021-CET-LOCAL since it is the one offering the technical support to clean energy transition plans and strategies in municipalities and regions. This call focuses on providing local and regional authorities with the necessary capacity to deliver sustainable plans and strategies for the energy transition.

    LIFE-2021-CET-GOV is a call encouraging a multilevel climate and energy dialogue to deliver energy governance. It is highly relevant since it supports establishing a permanent dialogue and creating/strengthening structured synergies between different administrative levels – regions, cities, national governments, stakeholders and tools

    The final two calls the webinar covered were (1) Disruptive PDA: technical assistance to advance market boundaries for sustainable energy investment and (2) integrated home renovation services.

    Project inspiration: Reno Booster/Hauskunft, C-Track50, SunShINE

    Cities share inspiration: LIFE METRO ADAPT

    The webinar was wrapped up with a presentation of the LIFE METRO ADAPT, a project coordinated by the City of Milan.

    Metro Adapt aims at mainstreaming climate change adaptation strategies in the Metropolitan Area of Milan (CMM). More specifically, the project seeks to foster common well-structured governance related to climate change adaptation among the local authorities and produce tools that allow local authorities to implement cost-effective climate change adaptation strategies and policies adapted to the local context.

    Watch the recording of the webinar HERE!

    For more information about the webinar, do not hesitate to contact angela.russo@eumayors.eu.