Climate mainstreaming EU funds
Study on climate mainstreaming in the programming of centrally managed EU funds (2014-2015)
Client: DG Climate Action
As a part of its efforts to mainstream action on climate change into EU policy and programs, in 2013 the EU committed to ensuring that at least 20 per cent of EU expenditure during the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework is allocated to climate action. This project aimed to understand how the EU could maximise the potential for climate mainstreaming within three centrally managed funds: Horizon 2020, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME).
Under this project, Milieu developed recommendations on how to maximise climate mainstreaming in Horizon 2020, CEF and COSME. Milieu investigated and assessed how climate change is addressed in the programming of these funds and explored the gaps and scope for further mainstreaming of climate action during the 2014-2020 period. Based on this assessment, Milieu has developed concrete proposals for climate-relevant themes, topics and project priorities that could be used to achieve the full potential for climate mainstreaming in the three funds and delivered recommendations on how to best implement these proposals in the funds’ programming. This work included a review of the programming cycle for each fund, which identified the key opportunities during the programming cycle to mainstream climate change further into each fund.