Grants to support Clean Energy Transition of European Businesses

Grants to support Clean Energy Transition of European Businesses

The European Commission is offering grants to support the clean energy transition of European businesses under the Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE).


  • Engaging businesses in the clean energy transition and reducing their domestic footprint is central for the European Green Deal and to deliver on the Fit-for-55 package and the REPowerEU Plan to phase-out EU dependence on Russian fossil fuel imports. It is also important for the Green Deal Industrial Plan and the overall competitiveness of the EU economy.

  • As highlighted in the Green Deal Industrial Plan, the achievement of climate-neutrality by 2050 will require a full mobilisation and deeper cooperation among all players operating across the different value chains of Europe’s net-zero industry. Exposure to energy prices, increased global competition as well as potential transition risks linked to changing regulation, market demand and buyers/suppliers procurement criteria are increasing pressure on EU companies. New business models and support schemes are needed to be able to achieve strategic EU objectives of energy efficiency and renewable energy production. The REPowerEU Plan strengthens the need to act fast.

  • The overall objective of this topic is to support the clean energy transition and decarbonisation of businesses by strengthening national ecosystems for energy management systems and energy audits as well as by fostering collaborative approaches between companies operating either in the same value chain or in physical proximity. Synergies with relevant EU projects and initiatives such as the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) are encouraged.


    Proposals are expected to focus on one of the two scopes below. The scope addressed should be specified in the proposal's introduction. In case a proposal addresses elements of more than one scope, this should be justified.

    Scope A: Green Leap Forward for businesses

    Applicants under this scope shall strengthen collaboration between Member States on energy audits and energy management systems, with a view to facilitating a harmonised approach and the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency measures.

  • Proposals are expected to primarily define a common approach for the identification of enterprises falling under the scope of Article 11 of the EED recast based on their energy consumption. They shall investigate and propose solutions on how to approach businesses near the thresholds and those falling in different thresholds over the last three years before the energy audit obligation.

  • Applicants shall propose measures that can encourage businesses with an average annual consumption between 10TJ and 85TJ of energy towards an energy management system, and businesses with an average annual consumption of less than 10TJ of energy to undergo an energy audit and implement at least one highly cost-effective recommendation.

  • Furthermore, applicants shall develop a template for the Action Plan resulting from the energy audit.

  • Digitalisation, eco-labelling of businesses, follow-up systems for checks on the implementation of measures, benchmarking mechanisms between companies and exploitability of energy data could also be addressed.

    Scope B: Fostering energy cooperation among companies

  • Proposals under this scope should foster the market uptake of energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy (and heat pumps where relevant), through the establishment of collaborative approaches among companies. Applicants can focus on developing collaborative approaches, namely between large and small companies operating in the same value chain, or on energy cooperation among companies in physical proximity (region, cluster, industrial park/site).

  • Energy
    cooperation and collaborative approaches refers to, for example, companies working in the same value chain and holding business relations. The value chains addressed can operate at any level (from local to European, and international when relevant).

  • Proposals are expected to carry out activities aiming at triggering interest, awareness, knowledge and know-how on the multiple benefits achievable from collaborative approaches. Some examples of these benefits are operating costs reduction, mitigation of energy-related risks, easier access to finance or stronger value proposition (e.g. more environmentally friendly products/services).

  • Furthermore, proposals should facilitate the establishment of concrete cooperation initiatives, including but not limited to identifying, investigating and validating economically viable business models (based on concrete interaction with participating companies), proving the relevance of a collaborative approach in terms of value creation for each involved actor (e.g. buyers/suppliers/final users) as well as in addressing the untapped potential of energy efficiency and renewables at each step of the process (e.g. upstream to downstream in the case of value chains).

    Available Budget

    The available call budget is EUR 81 250 000.
    LIFE-2024-CET-BUSINESS: EUR 5 250 000

    Expected Impacts

  • Proposals should present the concrete results which will be delivered by the activities, and demonstrate how these results will contribute to the topic-specific impacts. This demonstration should include a detailed analysis of the starting point and a set of well-substantiated assumptions, and establish clear causality links between the results and the expected impacts.

  • Proposals submitted under this topic should demonstrate how they will contribute to, depending on the scope:

  • Improved quality of energy audits.

  • Harmonisation of energy audit frameworks and replication of best practices across participating countries.

  • Improved uptake of the recommendations of energy audits.

  • Implementation of EU legislation (in particular Energy Efficiency Directive and Renewable Energy Directive) addressing the business sector.

  • Viable business models for energy cooperation between companies ready to be rolled out on the market.

  • Deployment of energy related infrastructure, energy services, and/or energy exchanges contributing to the clean energy transition of businesses.

  • Proposals should also quantify their impacts related to the following common indicators for the LIFE Clean Energy Transition subprogramme:

  • Primary energy savings triggered by the project in GWh/year.

  • Final energy savings triggered by the project in GWh/year.

  • Renewable energy generation triggered by the project (in GWh/year).

  • Reduction of greenhouse gases emissions (in tCO2-eq/year).

  • Investments in sustainable energy (energy efficiency and renewable energy) triggered by the project (cumulative, in million Euro).


  • Eligible participants (eligible countries)

  • In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
    be legal entities (public or private bodies)
    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 the coordinator must be established in an eligible country.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Grants to support Clean Energy Transition of European Businesses

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