The LIFE Programme: the EU action plan for Climate Change Mitigation and Environment investing €3.4 billion.


LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. Launched in 1992, LIFE has so far co-financed more than 4300 projects divided in 5 different phases. For the funding period 2014-2020, where EffiSludge for LIFE belongs to, LIFE will contribute approximately with €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.

Three main area of development

LIFE has three key area of development:

  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Environment
  • Climate change

Our project

The project EffiSludge for LIFE - answers a specific call on Climate Change Mitigation (CCM) to support novel solutions that help cut greenhouse gas emissions in different economic sectors (the pulp and paper mill industry in this specific case), thus further strengthening the EU’s commitment for transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. For this reason,  EffiSludge for LIFE project received funding from the EU LIFE Programme for ca. 1 864 000 Euro representing 60% of the project eligible costs.

The European Commission manages the LIFE programme, but the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) has the mandate to implement many components of the LIFE programme with the support of external selection, monitoring and communication teams.

LIFE in the Nordic countries

With 157 projects granted in 2014, 17 belongs to the Nordic countries: 10 in Sweden, 4 in Denmark and 3 in Finland. Between these, EffiSludge for LIFE is the only project focused on wastewater management and paper industry. To search for past and ongoing LIFE projects visit the LIFE project database. It is an efficient tool to discover interesting news!