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25 years LIFE programme

What is this?

Climate Change Mitigation is the first priority area of the LIFE Climate Action Sub-programme. Its key task is to support and consolidate project ideas, new technologies, methods and solutions that contribute to mitigating the emission of greenhouse gases at local, regional and/or international levels. Proposals submitted in this area will receive grants totalling EUR 15.92 million in 2016.

What is its objective?

In order to contribute to the decrease in emission of greenhouse gases, the concrete objectives of the Climate Change Mitigation priority area are especially the following:

  • facilitation of the development and implementation of EU policies and legal regulations through elaboration, testing and demonstration of best practices and solutions;
  • improvement of the knowledge base required for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of the climate change mitigation actions and measures, and strengthening the capability to apply this knowledge in practice;
  • among others, the facilitation of the development and implementation of integrated approaches of strategies and action plans targeting climate change adaptation at local, regional or national level;
  • contribution to the development and demonstration of innovative technologies, systems, methods and tools targeting climate change mitigation, suitable for replication, transfer or general application in other areas.

Key EU strategies and legal regulations related to the topic:

  • Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050 /Com(2011) 112/
  • EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change /COM(2013)0216/
  • Policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030 /COM(2014)015/
  • Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC (EU ETS Directive)
  • COMMISSION DECISION 2011/745/EU of 11 November 2011 amending Decision 2010/2/EU and 2011/278/EU as regards the sectors and subsectors which are deemed to be exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage
  • REGULATION (EC) NO 1005/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 September 2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer
  • REGULATION (EC) NO 842/2006 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 May 2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases
  • Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency
  • Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings
  • Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources
  • Decision No 529/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on accounting rules on greenhouse gas emissions and removals resulting from activities relating to land use, land-use change and forestry and on information concerning actions relating to those activities

What are the thematic priorities?

Priority areas of climate change mitigation in 2016:

  • Projects aimed at reducing the energy consumption of energy intensive industrial sectors (low-carbon production, reduction of carbon leakage);
  • Projects contributing to mitigating fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Proposals associated with land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF).

What types of activities are eligible?

Any “traditional” LIFE proposals related to the theme referenced above, that:

  • is a pilot or
  • demonstration or
  • best practice project.

Hungarian success

There have not been any successful Hungarian projects yet.


A working group has been set up to facilitate successful Hungarian LIFE applications. We wish to help you in regard to the following:

Ministry of Technology and Industry

Climate Action


Phone: +36 1 896 1897



Clean Energy Transition





Phone: +36 1 795 8498




Ministry of Agriculture



Phone: +36 1 896 3149



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