Environment, Climate and Energy


Innovation Fund

On 26 October 2021, the European Commission has launched the second call for large-scale projects under the Innovation Fund, one of the world’s largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System. The deadline for applications is on 3 March 2022.

The second call for small-scale projects is planned to be launched in March 2022 with an expected budget of EUR 100 million and will remain open for five months.

The Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies. The goal is to help businesses invest in clean energy and industry to boost economic growth, create local future-proof jobs and reinforce European technological leadership on a global scale. This is done through calls for large and small-scale projects focusing on:

  • innovative low-carbon technologies and processes in energy-intensive industries, including products substituting carbon-intensive ones
  • carbon capture and utilisation (CCU)
  • construction and operation of carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • innovative renewable energy generation
  • energy storage


The EUCF is a European initiative to support municipalities, local authorities and their groupings across Europe to develop investment concepts to accelerate investments in sustainable energy. In form of a € 60k grant, the EUCF finances services and activities to support the development of the investment concept, such as (technical) feasibility studies, market analysis, stakeholder analysis, legal, economic and financial analysis, risk analysis and the coordination and organization activities. The grant is hence not meant to directly finance investments. It is used to access services and develop an investment concept, which might become a door-opener for many follow-up investments.

Successful applicants to the EUCF will use the lump sum to develop their investment concepts, which represents an initial step towards a fully-fledged business and financial plan. The ultimate objecvtive is to build a substantial pipeline of sustainable energy investment projects across municipalities in Europe.


Baltic Sea Conservation Foundation

The Baltic Sea Conservation Foundation was established in 2014, with the main aim of promoting environmental protection and nature conservation in the Baltic Sea Region. The headquarter is based in Greifswald, Germany at the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The foundation acts as a donor for nature conservation projects in the Baltic Sea Region. We are a very small team of two people with voluntary board members that, next to managing the foundations assets, jointly takes all decisions about project support. We provide match funding for projects that plan to implement practical and conservation-oriented solutions to the ecological problems of the Baltic Sea as defined in our statute.

All activities must have an immediate impact and a realistic as well as predictable long-term effect. Applicants can submit project concepts to the foundation twice a year, which will be assessed by the management and discussed with the Board of Directors. Successful concepts receive an invitation to submit a full proposal. We try to assist and give advice to applicants before submitting ideas to us and we appreciate if our funds help to leverage other national or international project funding.

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.

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.

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.

LIFE Programme

The current LIFE programme has four objectives:

  1. Help move towards a resource-efficient, low carbon and climate resilient economy, improve the quality of the environment and halt and reverse biodiversity loss; 
  2. Improve the development, implementation and enforcement of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation, and act as a catalyst for, and promote, the mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other policies and practices; 
  3. Support better environmental and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors; 
  4. Support the implementation of the 7th environmental action plan.

The budget of the LIFE Programme 2021-2027 increased to €5.4 billion between 2021 and 2027.

The new LIFE programme will cover the following areas:

  • Nature and biodiversity
  • Circular economy and quality of life
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Clean energy transition.