Online workshop LIFE 2020 call: EU grant 1 million euros per project in circular economy for Gran Canaria in environment and resource efficiency

11.05.2020. To celebrate Europe Day and in memory of Robert Schuman’s declaration on its 70th anniversary the Cabildo de Gran Canaria (SPEGC) is organising together with the Finnova Foundation and in partnership with Atlantic Euroconsulting the webinar «LIFE 2020 Call – Opportunities for Gran Canaria in terms of the environment and resource efficiency».

A workshop with experts in European funds that will address the possibilities of funding in circular economy and green economic development in Gran Canaria. The session will take place today Monday, 11th May 2020 at 9.30h (Canary Island time) through the videoconference platform of the Society for the Economic Promotion of Gran Canaria of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.

During the virtual workshop, practical information and informative pills will be given on various environmental aspects related to the LIFE Programme and the possibilities of European funding through the environmental sub-programme

The objective is to promote the presentation of as many innovative projects in the circular economy as possible that will obtain 1 million euros and generate green jobs.

This online workshop will be presented by Raúl Garcia Brink , Technical Coordinator of Economic Development, Energy Sovereignty, Climate and Knowledge, on behalf of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria SPEG; and moderated from Brussels by Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Startup Europe Accelerator who will explain the new role of startups in the LIFE Programme and possible innovative projects in the field of circular economy, energy recovery and tackling agricultural and livestock waste; José Manuel Requena, director at Finnova of the CILIFO project (INTERREG), led by the Andalusian Government and which, with a budget of 24 5 million, is the leading project in the prevention, fire fighting and regeneration of burnt areas; Juan Viesca, Director of EU Funds at the Finnova Foundation will speak on water management efficiency; Íñigo Bilbao, expert in Smart Cities will speak on waste management and Adrián Noheda, Director of the Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO (incubator for ideas in the field of fire) as well as blue economy and bioeconomics.

The topics are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDO) related to water, employment, climate change, energy and the circular economy. Therefore, the workshop aims to encourage and identify entities that, in a multidisciplinary manner, work intensively to identify innovations, implement them and attract entrepreneurs and investors committed to the fight against climate change and the generation of new business opportunities and employment. The methodology consists of putting together innovative ideas with the seal of excellence of the Horizon 2020 Program that can inspire winning projects. A horizontal objective will be to promote sustainable tourism so that the COVID-19 crisis can be tackled with improvements in a more effective, more sustainable model that makes better use of its resources and attracts new tourists committed to sustainability.

This webinar is aimed at civil servants and policy-makers from city councils; from companies and public corporations; from business associations; from technological institutes; from universities; from innovative companies with patents; or from corporations with environmental challenges that can be solved with the financial and technological boost of the LIFE Programme.


The SPEGC is a commercial entity fully owned by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and is currently attached to the Regional Ministry of Economic Development, Energy Sovereignty, Climate and Knowledge. Its main purpose is to promote the economic development of Gran Canaria by encouraging investment in the creation of companies. Its mission is therefore to promote economic and business activities that contribute to the development and expansion of Gran Canaria. (More information:


European Foundation for the Financing of Innovation. Its objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through technology transfer of low-cost solutions among the best available technologies to address social challenges such as employment, entrepreneurship, UN ODS, circular economy, waste recovery, sustainable tourism, fight against climate change. (More information:


Canarian company with headquarters in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and office in Brussels, which develops consulting activities in European affairs: legislation, training, communication and obtaining European funds. Together with Finnova, it advises both public administrations and private entities in the Canary Islands in seeking and obtaining European funding. (More information:

Contact information:
Juan Manuel Revuelta
CEO of Finnova Foundation

Lola Bordás
Head of Communication of Fundación Finnova