Stantec to continue evaluating proposals for LIFE, the EU’s funding program for environmental and climate action
The European Commission has once again selected Stantec’s international development group in Belgium to evaluate applications for L’instrument financier pour l’environnement (LIFE), the European Union’s main funding instrument for environmental and climate action within its member states. Under the new contract signed in 2022, Stantec will continue ensuring a fair, robust, and transparent evaluation process for the current phase of LIFE, which runs until 2024. The team has been providing technical assistance and support in the selection of LIFE projects since the previous phases of the program from 2014 to 2020.
Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed thousands of projects supporting the development and implementation of the EU’s environment and climate strategies. The program aims to contribute to the shift towards an economy that is sustainable, circular, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral, and climate-resilient. Recently renewed with a budget of €5.4 billion, LIFE now focuses on four areas of activity: nature and biodiversity, circular economy and quality of life, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the transition to clean energy.
Stantec will ensure the overall coordination and administration of proposal evaluations and the preparation of grant agreements. All applications for LIFE action grants in all areas of activity will go through the team, along with proposals for operating grants, which are reserved for non-governmental organizations. The scope of the work also includes the management and training of expert evaluators for the program.
“Our work plays a critical role in the process of ensuring the implementation of innovative projects that will help the EU meet its goal of becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050,” said Anca Andreescu, Head of Implementation at Stantec. “It means a great deal for us to continue supporting the European Commission’s efforts to protect the environment, reduce the impacts of climate change, and help provide significant socio-economic benefits for people in all Member States of the European Union.”