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Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance

Registration for the next course period (March-August 2017) will be possible between December 2016 to March 2017 on the right side of this page. In the meantime, please sign up to our LinkEd mailing list to be updated as soon as registration opens (sign up here).



This e-learning course is developed and implemented jointly with the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre.

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 enable you to understand two different perspectives towards this issue: On the one hand why markets alone are fundamentally not 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”.

And on the other hand the project financing perspective of investor or financiers confronted with the specifics of RE financing including policy and regulation.


  • 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 LinkEd Team
    • The option to a Frankfurt School certificate after passing the final exam or a confirmation of course completion after completing the course
    • A large network of final exam locations at partner institutions all over the world. Click here to see the list of final exam locations
  • Target Participants

    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.

    Furthermore, proficient knowledge in English is required as well as access to high speed internet.

  • Course content*

    Unit 1: Introduction

    Unit 2: Climate finance

    Unit 3: Environmental economics

    Unit 4: International climate politics

    Unit 5: Sources of financing and available instruments

    Unit 6: Basic of renewable energy technologies and their role in the overall energy mix

    Unit 7: Renewable energy finance and the role of project finance

    Unit 8: Financing energy efficiency projects

    Unit 9: Public support instruments to facilitate climate friendly investments

    Unit 10: Financial modeling and business plan preparation

    Unit 11: Case study electives

  • Tuition Fees*

    Registration for the next course period (March-August 2017) will be possible between December 2016 to March 2017 on the right side of this page. In the meantime, please sign up to our LinkEd mailing list to be updated as soon as registration opens (sign up here).


    Register by January 15, 2017 and benefit from our

    Early Bird tuition fee of EUR 1,100.

    Regular tuition fee: EUR 1,300.

    Final exam fee: 50 EUR (Final exam fee has to be paid in cash directly to the exam host on the day of examination).

    10% group discount is available for institutions sending 5 or more staff to LinkEd e-learning courses.

    10% discount for former LinkEd participants


    Payment options:

    Payments can be made either through international bank transfer or credit card.

    Please be aware that all bank fees have to be covered by the participant.

    Payment in instalments is unfortunately not possible.

    All travel related costs for taking the final exam have to be covered by the participants individually.

The FS-UNEP Centre

The content of this LinkEd e-learning course is developed by the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance ( The Centre is a strategic cooperation between Frankfurt School and the UN Environment programme. Its vision is to advance transformation to resilient low-carbon and resource-efficient economies by attracting new types of investors, in particular catalysing the financing of clean energy by the private sector. The Centre is UNEP’s major knowledge hub for climate finance related aspects.

*Subject to change.

The e-learning course in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is the most useful course in development finance I had ever taken. The course is comprehensively designed and well structured. It offers the possibility to study at your own place and to have interesting discussion with your classmates and the experts of the FS-UNEP Collaborating Center. Among others, the practical units in financial modeling and business plan preparation have equipped me with the knowledge to understand and asses the financial viability of Renewable Energy Projects.

Danail Dimov, Frankfurt, Germany, September 2015

"The Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance program is definitely the greatest online course experience I’ve had. The units are designed around the essential that one could barely feel he is enrolled in an online course. For someone like me who is not familiar with e-learning I have to say that the CECRF Team has convinced me that online courses could be as easy as pie. Thanks to the training received I can now assess the financial viability of any RE project..."

"...Well experienced tutors and the variety of professionals contributed to my solid performance. I think Germans have proved again their reputation of being pragmatic people. I am proud to be a member of the first graduating class of the CECRF."

Houmaïda S., MSc, MPA, PMP, Canada, September 2014

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