Steps to an Effective Support for Energy Transition from the new LIFE Programme

As the European Commission is drafting the first multiannual work programme for the next LIFE programme 2021-2027, the members of FEDARENE re-affirm their vital recommendations to ensure the continuity of local and regional sustainable energy projects.

Coordination and support projects on clean energy market uptake and capacity building projects have brought an amazing added value in cities and communities and have enabled local/regional energy agencies to stimulate local economic development, create jobs, stimulate demand and supply for energy efficiency services and products, implement and upscale renewable energy projects, develop the first adaptation strategies, alleviate energy poverty, improve air quality and truly inform and empower citizens and local initiatives. These projects have been incredible drivers of European integration, creating transnational long-lasting partnerships, jointly embarking cities and regions towards common sustainable development goals.

In order to sustain this momentum through the next LIFE programme the members of FEDARENE recommend the following:

  1. Minimum 80% co-financing rate for coordination and support actions to support the transition to renewable energy and increased energy efficiency (art.10.2 e))
  2. Procedural alignment between LIFE and Horizon Europe and direct management by the Executive Agency
  3. Key priority topics in the first LIFE work-programme contributing to the “shift towards a sustainable, circular, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, and climate-neutral and resilient economy
  4. Inclusion of sustainable energy experts as members of the LIFE Committee

Download the detailed recommendations below.