EU gives €244m to environmental projects

The European Commission has approved funding for 183 new projects under the European Union’s environment fund, the LIFE+ programme. The Commission will give €244million (£215m) to projects that tackle such […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The European Commission has approved funding for 183 new projects under the European Union’s environment fund, the LIFE+ programme. The Commission will give €244million (£215m) to projects that tackle such issues as climate change, clean technology and environmental policy.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “The LIFE+ programme maintains its financial support for high quality, innovative projects with a high level of added value for the EU. These new projects will not only make a significant contribution to nature conservation and to improving the environment, including the fight against climate change.They will help raising awareness across Europe of the key environmental challenges facing us, such as decoupling growth from resource use.”

Five British projects to receive funds – totaling €17million (£15m) – include the charity WWF-UK’s LiveWell for LIFE, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the EU food supply chain; and the EQual project from the Environment Agency, which wants to encourage better attitudes towards using recycled products across Europe.