UK Environment Projects Receive £24m Funding Under EU’s LIFE+

01-05-14(1)picThe European Commission yesterday (30 April) approved funding for 225 new projects in Europe under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union’s environment fund, which includes 11 schemes in the UK.

€29.7m of new funding from the European Union scheme designed to protect the environment and tackle climate change has been secured for renewable energy, waste prevention and conservation projects in the UK.

A total investment of some €589.3m, of which the EU will provide €282.6m, has been provided under the LIFE+ programme.

The projects across the EU cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy, waste management and information and communication on environmental issues.

Janez Potočnik – “These latest projects will make a vital contribution to the preservation, conservation and enhancement of Europe’s natural capital, as well as helping to achieve sustainable growth through investment in a low carbon and resource efficient economy”

The successful UK projects, which secured funding totalling to £24m, include funding for the London Community Resource Network, which will encourage residents to create social enterprises for re-using bulky furniture and white goods, and a Shanks Group project that aims to demonstrate a new process for creating bio-methanol.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “These latest projects will make a vital contribution to the preservation, conservation and enhancement of Europe’s natural capital, as well as helping to achieve sustainable growth through investment in a low carbon and resource efficient economy. The widely acknowledged success of LIFE+ and its projects has ensured the recent adoption of a new LIFE Regulation for Environment and Climate Action, with an increased budget, for the period 2014-2020.”

The Commission received 1 468 applications in response to its latest call for proposals, which closed in June 2013. Of these, 225 were selected for co-funding through the programme’s three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance and LIFE+ Information and Communication.

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