The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. For the period 2014-2020, LIFE is expected to provide around €3.46 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.
During the intervention in the “10th Waste Management & Recycling Conference and Exhibition for South East Europe (SEE) – Save the Planet”, a representative from LIFE will talk to the audience about the LIFE programme and the funding opportunities it offers. It will include important highlights about the LIFE call 2019 and relevant information about the evaluation process and criteria, the thematic priorities, etc. This workshop is of interest to potential applicants to the LIFE call for proposals.
With regards to waste management, LIFE has continuously co-funded innovative projects that upgrade waste recycling technologies and processes in a wide range of industrial sectors all over Europe. Out of more than 4600 projects supported by LIFE from 1992 to date, over 750 have been exclusively on waste. In fact, waste management is the theme most widely tackled by the programme.
In particular, LIFE has focused on demonstrating innovative technologies that recycle specific materials from waste streams, such as hazardous, agricultural or municipal waste. Linking waste management to other environmental topics, such as climate change or the protection of water resources has been another issue much covered by the programme. Finally, LIFE has also actively contributed to waste prevention by raising public awareness, promoting the exchange of knowledge and developing information tools for better waste management.