Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy Frankfurt
In times of climate change many German institutions are concerned with raising awareness on Renewable Energy. From 14 -19 July 2013 the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre) welcomed 37 managers from commercial and development banks, consulting companies, project developers and researchers to our yearly-executive course: Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy in Frankfurt am Main. With almost 330 applications received, admission was highly competitive.
The selected participants had the opportunity to gain knowledge and technical know-how in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency financing projects to meet the necessary understanding and actions for successful investments in clean energy technologies.
We are also very proud that the Centre made it once again possible for organisations without sufficient own financial possibilities to attend the Summer Academy by providing a number of scholarships for tuition fees.
Frankfurt School’s team of lecturers consisted of internationally and nationally renowned trainers who conveyed their knowledge and experience in core courses, a technical course in project finance tailored to the participants’ skill level and several electives: an interactive training in effective project design, leadership in project finance, and real-life, on-the-ground case studies.
After full days of training, numerous social events were waiting for the participants, ranging from a walking tour through the city Frankfurt, a BBQ held with Frankfurt School’s staff and faculty and several traditional German dining opportunities in the city.
With the assistance of the Energiegenossenschaft Odenwald eG a field trip was organised for the participants, including a tour of the House of Energy in Erbach and a presentation by Florian Voigt from the Energiegenossenschaft Odenwald (EGO) increase the amount of electricity produced by renewable energy and the importance and the potential for renewable energy in the region, a concept initiated by the commune of Odenwald (region in the South of Frankfurt) in 2009. A focus was placed on how an energy cooperative such as Odenwald eG can help to increase the share of renewables while creating ownership for local citizens in energy projects.
Afterwards, the participants were taken to Hainhaus Park and Karl-Heinz Kinzer, responsible for the local windpark, presented the energy park’s wind generators and photo voltaic panels to the participants. The fieldtrip finished with a discourse from regional chairman Oliver Grobeis.