The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance is a strategic cooperation between the United Nations Environment (formerly United Nations Environment Programme / UNEP) and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. It is committed to facilitating essential structural changes in climate mitigation and adaptation, including various topics within the scope of climate and sustainable finance, most prominently energy supply and use as well as climate change resilience and disaster risk management
Finance is at the core of all our activities, and while we have a reputation for unbiased analysis and applying a mix of economic and financial assessments, we always consider the larger economic and political context in our work. Creative and unorthodox thinking combined with strong considerations of the realities on the ground are part of our daily work, as we aim to provide conceptually sound yet still practicable recommendations. Indeed, as a “think-and-do” tank combining research, education and project implementation, the Centre is in a position to combine academic know-how with practical project experience. This maximises lessons learnt, allowing developing countries to leapfrog from their current status to leading global solutions.
In our project business we combine responsive and proactive approaches. We often co-operate with donor institutions such as development banks supporting them in the structuring and implementation of projects that they have designed but also develop programs on our own. We find ourselves in an ongoing dialogue with governments and international institutions. We also engage in a great deal of targeted training activities, which is informed by our on-ground project work and findings from our research team.
We offer an international team and a stimulating environment with all the opportunities of a dynamic private business school engaged in world class research, with close ties to commercial banks and the financial industry on the one hand, and the distinctiveness of a think-and-do tank aiming to contribute to combatting climate change on the other.