LIFE is the EU’s funding programme dedicated to the environment and climate action.
This call aims at supporting the creation or replication of One-Stop-Shops, proposing integrated services for clean energy transition in buildings and businesses.
Projects are expected to tackle, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
1. Improve market conditions and develop integrated building renovation service offers to:
- Reduce complexity, simplify decision making and stimulate demand for investment in energy performance improvements and decarbonisation.
- Connect all relevant actors in the value chain (e.g. construction companies, architects, engineers, urban planners, financers, etc.).
- Streamline access to various support measures, especially where there is support for specific target groups (e.g. energy poor households).
- Improve awareness and trust towards such integrated services, through clear accountability, quality assurance and/or dedicated consumer protection policies.
- Develop a robust pipeline of investments in building renovations, able to increase interest and participation from financial institutions and exploit synergies on the market, for instance via the development of dedicated financial products for building renovations mediated by One-Stop-Shops.
2. Provide methods and support:
- Integrated services implemented, operational and tested
- Build expertise and organisational innovations needed for project development.
- Reduce costs and time on-site through standardised approaches (e.g. optimised business processes, standardised contractual arrangements, branding of the proposed services etc.).
- Ensure cost effectiveness and price transparency of services provided to final beneficiaries.
3. Aim at a self-sustained business model:
- Integration of services can be developed through dedicated operators and/or through an improved co-ordination between existing local actors.
- The prospect of economically viable business models is expected, targeting self-sustainability in the medium to long term, i.e. ultimately running without subsidies to cover running costs.
4. Communicate results:
- Disseminate innovative solutions (e.g. organisational and contractual), suited to the targeted contexts.
- Help improve legal and regulatory environments.
- Demonstrate a high degree of replicability and include a clear action plan to communicate experiences and results towards potential replicators across the EU.
Based on the generic approach and common objectives presented above, proposals are expected to focus on one of the four scopes below. The scope addressed should be specified in the introduction of the proposal.
Scope A: Integrated Home Renovation Services
Scope B: Integrated services for private rental housing energy upgrade
Scope C: Integrated services for clean energy transition in public buildings
Scope D: Integrated services for the clean energy transition of businesses
For detailed breakdown of activities eligible for funding by scope, please read the call document.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) and be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- non-EU countries:− listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.
Proposals may be submitted by a single applicant from a single eligible country.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 1.5 million would allow the specific objectives to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.