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LIFE funding empowers Europe's sustainable cities

19 June 2024

LIFE programme in Porto skyline with logo.  Credit: European UnionThe European Union's LIFE programme empowers cities to drive the energy transition through the European City Facility, providing technical expertise and funding to turn municipal climate plans into sustainable investment projects.

As the impacts of climate change intensify across Europe, from devastating floods and droughts to raging wildfires and biodiversity loss, cities and municipalities find themselves at the forefront of adaptation and mitigation efforts. Local authorities have set ambitious action plans to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, recognising their crucial role in shaping a sustainable future. However, transforming these plans into tangible investments often faces significant financial constraints and capacity limitations. Addressing this pivotal challenge is the driving force behind the LIFE programme – the