Call for proposals 2021 - LIFE Clean Energy Transition LIFE-2021-CET Open!


The specific objectives of the sub-programme ‘Clean Energy Transition’ are the following:

  • to develop, demonstrate and promote innovative techniques, methods and approaches for reaching the objectives of the EU legislation and policy on the transition to sustainable renewable energy and increased energy efficiency, and to contribute to the knowledge base and to the application of best practice
  • to support the development, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the EU legislation and policy on the transition to sustainable renewable energy or increased energy efficiency, including by improving governance at all levels, in particular through enhancing capacities of public and private actors and the involvement of civil society
  • to catalyse the large-scale deployment of successful technical and policy-related solutions for implementing the EU legislation on the transition to renewable energy or increased energy efficiency by replicating results, integrating related objectives into other policies and into public and private sector practices, mobilising investment and improving access to finance.

This sub-programme aims at facilitating the transition toward an energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and -resilient economy by funding coordination and support actions across Europe. These actions, of high EU added-value, aim at breaking market barriers that hamper the socio-economic transition to sustainable energy, typically engaging multiple small and medium-size stakeholders, multiple actors including local and regional public authorities and non-profit organisations, and involving consumers.  
The sub-programme will contribute to the implementation of the energy-related actions of the Green Deal, including the ‘Renovation wave’ initiative for the building sector, and will give due consideration to territories not connected to the European grids such as the EU outermost regions. It will contribute to the Just Transition objectives by accompanying the territories and the groups of citizens negatively affected by the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, by building capacity of actors and fostering clean energy investments, mainly in energy efficiency and locally available, sustainable, renewable energy sources. Activities related to biofuels will not be included

The topics under this call for proposals concern LIFE Other Action Grants (OAGs) – Coordination and Support Actions (CSA)


This call covers the following topics:

  • LIFE-2021-CET-AUDITS: Uptake of energy audits recommendations for the energy transition of companies (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-BUILDRENO: Large-scale rollout of industrialised deep renovation solutions (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-BUILDSKILLS: BUILD UP Skills – rebooting the National Platforms and Roadmaps (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-COALREGIONS: Community-driven clean energy transition in coal, peat and oil-shale regions (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-COOLING: Facing the increase in cooling demand of buildings in the coming years (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-ENERCOM: Developing support mechanisms for energy communities and other citizen-led initiatives in the field of sustainable energy (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-ENERPOV: Addressing building related interventions for vulnerable districts (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-GOV: Multilevel climate and energy dialogue to deliver the energy governance (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-HOMERECOM: EU community of "Integrated Home Renovation Services" practitioners (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-HOMERENO: Integrated Home Renovation Services (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-INNOFIN: Innovative financing schemes for sustainable energy investments (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-LOCAL: Technical support to clean energy transition plans and strategies in municipalities and regions (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-MAINSTREAM: Mainstreaming sustainable energy finance and supporting energy performance in EU sustainable finance criteria and standards (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-PDA: Disruptive PDA – Technical Assistance to advance market boundaries for sustainable energy investments (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-POLICY: Towards an effective implementation of key legislation in the field of sustainable energy (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-SMARTREADY: Creating the conditions for a global improvement of smart readiness of European buildings (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-SMARTSERV: Establish innovative business models and contractual schemes for smart and sector-integrating energy services (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)
  • LIFE-2021-CET-VALUECHAIN: Fostering sustainable energy uptake along the whole value chain in industry and services (LIFE-PJG - LIFE Project Grants)

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 94,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 12 January 2022 - in 5 months (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for the Environment

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