Environment & Energy


LIFE Programme

The LIFE multiannual work programme for 2018-2020 was adopted by the European Commission on 12 February 2018, after representatives from EU countries unanimously declared their support for the programme on 22 November 2017. The document specifies how, over the coming years, LIFE will focus its policy objectives, share out its budget, and streamline administrative tasks like applying for funds.

The new multiannual work programme details how the LIFE programme will allocate resources among areas of policy priority in 2018-2020. It clarifies budgets by specifying what kind of projects can receive support within sub-programmes for Environment and Climate Action. In total, €1 243.81 million will be earmarked for work on nature conservation and environmental protection, and a further €413.25 million for climate action.

The multiannual work programme for 2018-2020 will also increase LIFE’s budget for nature conservation and biodiversity by 10%. In parallel, the total number of project topics in the sub-programme for Environment has come down from 87 to 42.

Another marked change on previous years is the introduction of a two-stage application procedure for traditional projects under the Environment sub-programme. From now on, candidates will present a lighter outline of their work at the first step of the application process. They will receive feedback on this outline and, if successful, will then submit the full version of their proposal.

HORIZON 2020 Programme - Energy

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

Energy research and innovation has an essential role to play in addressing the challenge of satisfying security of energy supply, competitiveness of the EU industry and ensuring affordable prices for the citizens, whilst at the same time combating climate change. While doing this, we are looking for synergies with other sectors, e.g. telecoms and ICT industry.

HORIZON 2020 Programme - Environment & Climate Action

Environmental Research and Innovation’s response to the Europe 2020 Strategy, which identifies smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as a means to help the EU and the Member States, develops a resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy while delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The focus of the EU Research and Innovation programme in environment is challenge-driven, funding the whole research and innovation cycle.

Environmental research and innovation finds its centre of gravity in Horizon 2020's: "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials", which has the objective of achieving a resource efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, protecting and sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems and ensuring a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems.

BONUS Programme

BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme for years 2010-2017, was started by the BONUS member states together with the EU and officially launched in September 2010 by a co-decision of the European Parliament and the European Council as a Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) Article 185 activity.

In support of sustainable development and ecosystem based management of the Baltic Sea region, the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive and other European, regional and national coastal and marine environmental policies and plans, BONUS:

  • issues calls on ecosystem research and innovation for scientific community and SMEs

  • funds projects of high excellence and relevance 1) to produce knowledge, scientific evidence and innovation solutions needed by policymakers and 2) to engage end-users and the society in the knowledge based governance of the fragile Baltic Sea.