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LIFE – Mainstreaming sustainable energy finance and integrating energy performance in EU sustainable finance criteria and standards – 2021

To make sustainable energy investments more attractive to private investors and to align them with the EU’s sustainable finance policy

5.5 million euros

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Energy Health
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

The list of participating countries is available here. 

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To mainstream and de-risk sustainable energy investments with a particular focus on private finance stakeholders (Scope A);
  • To focus on alignment or overachievement of the EU sustainable finance requirements in the field of sustainable energy investment (Scope B)

Among financed actions:

  • Securitisation of assets linked to sustainable energy with a particular focus on energy efficiency, e.g. through Green Bonds issuance;
  • Integration of long-termism and sustainability risks;
  • Exploring the impact of revised risk ratings and requirements for energy efficiency on financial regulations;
  • Harmonisation, aggregation, and mainstreaming existing market practices through de-risking private investments in sustainable energy as well as simplification of the investment process for investors;
  • Activities focusing on data:
    • High quality data collection and/or analysis leading to refinement of investor risk models or access to specific financing schemes;
    • Improvement of quality and interoperability of data including through standardisation of measurement units;
    • Facilitation of high quality data collection and reporting for project developers;
    • Creation of data governance frameworks leading to improvement of availability of relevant data including open access solutions
  • Incorporation of energy related sustainability preferences and/or increasing access to financial markets by retail investors;
  • Development and application of digital solutions including financial technology and algorithms facilitating energy-performance-based financing schemes

Additional information:

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the project: The project starting date and duration will be fixed in the Grant Agreement


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries;
  • Proposals must be submitted by at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries
  • Amount of the grant: 1.75 million euros;
  • Co-financing rate: up to 95% of the total eligible costs


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