The European Commission approved co-financing under the LIFE program for Polish projects, from which, among others, investments in renewable energy sources. According to information by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in early April this year. Polish applicants received the latest letters from the European Agency for Small and Medium-sized Projects of the European Commission, informing about the results of the evaluation of LIFE applications submitted as part of the recruitment process conducted in 2019 under the Environment and Climate sub-program. Six Polish applicants were awarded record funding from the EC, which is close to EUR 28 million, with a total project budget of over EUR 46 million.
The highest grant of 10.85 million euros for a project worth 18.08 million euros was received by the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. Thanks to the funds from the LIFE program, Małopolska will have a chance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and its inhabitants will be able to use renewable energy sources to a greater extent. The main goal of the project will be the implementation of the Regional Action Plan for Climate and Energy (RAPCE), supporting the low-carbon transformation of the region and mobilizing public and private funds in this area. The project is also intended to promote and strengthen synergies between clean air and climate policies, and to encourage investments that simultaneously contribute to the objectives of both policies.
Co-financing of EUR 1.63 million for a project worth EUR 3.01 million will go to the Opolskie Voivodeship, which submitted the project “Implementation of an air quality management system in local self-government units of the Opolskie Voivodeship”.
The Institute of Ecology of Industrial Areas will receive EUR 1.04 million for the project valued at EUR 2.08 million, “Promotion and implementation of the European Union Environmental Technology Verification Program (ETV) of the EU voluntary environmental technology assessment program”.
The Institute for Environmental Protection – National Research Institute, in turn, will receive EUR 0.73 million for a project worth “EUR 1.34 million” “Assessing the long-term impact of the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) on a zero-emission economy by 2050”.