Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance Certified
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This e-learning course is developed and implemented jointly with the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Cente.
The Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a new era with the focus shifting from finding a consensus on the common goals to realising jointly agreed goals. “Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development” (Article 2 c of the Paris Agreement) will require a significant increase in funding – with new instruments and approaches required to mobilize a broad range of investors and to achieve scalability in financing climate action. Financing the global energy transition will be one key building block.
Decreasing prices for renewables combined with increasing regulatory risk for traditional fossil fuels make Renewable Energy (RE) more competitive and attractive for commercial investors.
What Do We Offer?
- An interactive e-learning course including video lectures, PDF scripts, practical exercises, online tests and case studies.
- A discussion forum for course related issues as well as for exchange of opinions and experiences with your classmates and tutors.
- Personalized support from your e-Campus Team.
- The option to a Frankfurt School certificate after passing the final exam or a confirmation of course completion after completing the course.
- An international network of institutions hosting our final exam all over the world.
Climate Change is high on the agenda of governments across the world. The structural change of the global energy system is already under way with annual investment in power generation based on renewables at almost the same level as investment in power based on fossil fuels.
This course will help you to understand two different perspectives on financing climate and RE projects: firstly, why markets alone might fundamentally not be able to trigger investment in a way that environmental issues are appropriately taken into account and which policy instruments are available to correct these so-called “market failures”. Secondly, the project perspective of investors or financiers confronted with the specifics of RE and EE financing including but not limited to dealing with the specific risk profile of capital intense business models in an often policy and regulation driven market.
Understanding both perspectives and the interlinkage is key to policy design and investment decisions in the years to come.
Suggestions & Recommendations
This course gives you the flexibility to decide on timing and pace of your learning experience. However, we will provide you with recommendations for you to take as much as possible from this course.
Your Schedule: We will provide yu a course schedule including voluntary and mandatory deadlines. The course schedule serves as guideline for your personal learning schedule and will help you to complete the programme within the given time frame.
Exercises: Even though the exercises in the script are not mandatory we strongly advise that you use them as an opportunity to check your knowledge and to prepare yourself for the final exam.
Networking opportunities: Use the forum to introduce yourself to your peer participants and start interesting discussions.
Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 3: Environmental Economics
Unit 5: Sources of Financing and Available Instruments
Unit 7: Renewable Energy Finance and the Role of Project Finance
Unit 9: Public Support Instruments to Facilitate Climate Friendly Investments
Unit 2: Climate Finance
Unit 4: International Climate Politics
Unit 6: Basics of Renewable Energy Technologies and their Role in the Overall Energy Mix
Unit 8: Financing Energy Efficiency Projects
Unit 10: Financial Modeling and Business Plan Preparation
Unit 11: Bringing it All Together-Applying Finance Knowledge in Different Contexts
Who should attend
This course has a clear focus on finance and is suitable for both public and private sector practitioners, including entrepreneurs, project developers, private investors, initiator/fund houses, international development finance consultants and managers, plant operators and manufacturers, engineers and advisory professionals (e.g. law firms, business and tax consultants). Other interested parties, such as academics in relevant fields, are of course also welcome to register to the course.
The course aims to explain the specifics of climate and renewable energy finance. Pre-experience in (mainstream) banking and finance is therefore helpful but not required. Participants without basic knowledge in finance should accommodate for additional study time.