The Commission approved more than €380 million of funding for 168 new projects across Europe. At the heart of the European Green Deal, LIFE projects can help the EU become climate-neutral by 2050 and reach climate, energy and environmental goals. They support biodiversity, nature restoration and a circular economy while contributing to the clean energy transition across the continent. The funding is a 27% increase on last year's funding, and will mobilise a total investment of over €562 million.
The Tipperary project PLASTIC2WAXLIFE is about recycling waste plastic into sustainable wax. The team will scale up an existing process from the treatment of 4 000 tonnes of waste a year to 12 000 tonnes before its further application on an industrial scale of 40 000 tonnes. The aim is to show that a plant using the project technology can achieve savings of up to 24 000 tonnes/year of waste plastics from incineration and emissions of 23 000 tonnes of CO2eq/year.
The LEAP project of the Atlantic Technological University Sligo will create three Local Energy Agencies in Ireland to support integrated home renovation services in peripheral regions. These will address challenges, such as dispersed and older housing and reliance on oil and solid fuels, to help achieve Ireland's target of retrofitting 500 000 homes by 2030.
The project team of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest will update the Irish BUILD UP Skills Platform to upskill building workers. A key focus of the revitalised platform will be financing and investment to deliver the skills required by the construction sector to provide energy-efficient renovated and new-build houses.
- Publication date
- 23 November 2022
- Representation in Ireland