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Best projects and LIFE Awards

At the end of each project, the European Commission assesses the project’s impact based on a set of criteria. 


Every year, the European Commission assess all completed LIFE projects based on various criteria: 

  • contribution to immediate and long-term environmental, economic and social improvements 
  • degree of innovation and transferability 
  • relevance to policy 
  • cost-effectiveness. 

The most successful LIFE projects subsequently become finalists, and compete in the LIFE Awards. 

The LIFE Awards ceremony

The LIFE Awards recognise the most innovative, inspirational and effective LIFE projects in three categories: nature protection, circular economy and quality of life, and climate action. The winners are selected by an expert jury and announced on the day of the ceremony, which takes place during the EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event. 

LIFE Awards 2024 Winners 

The LIFE Award for Nature went to LIFE Flusserlebnis Isar, which aims to restore the river Isar and its floodplains through a unique collaboration between Bavarian water and nature authorities.  

Winning the LIFE Award for Circular Economy and Quality of Life, LIFE Waste2Protein pilots innovative insect protein-based animal feed produced from biowaste as a sustainable alternative to fish and soy meal. 

The Climate Action category winner was LIFE TreeCheck, for helping Central European cities tackle climate change using green infrastructure to minimise the urban heat island effect.  

The LIFE Citizens’ Prize - awarded by public vote - went to Life Nature Guardians, an ambitious initiative to fight wildlife and environmental crime in Spain and Portugal.

A special category introduced at this year’s Award to recognise the vital and indispensable role of clean water in the life of every European was awarded to Freshabitat LIFE IP from Finland. 

More information

Discover all finalists and read more about the LIFE Awards 2024

Previous editions

Find out more about previous best projects and LIFE Awards winners: