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Sustainable Energy Finance

Increasing power generation capacity based on renewables is one important part of the required and on-going structural change towards a low-carbon, climate resilient economy.

This transformation asks for investment in new technologies. At the same time, the grids and the electricity markets have to cope with the integration – and eventually the dominant supply – of renewables-based electricity.

These developments at the level of technologies, market structure as well as the related regulation create substantial challenges for investors, power producers and policy makers alike. Financing renewable energy requires understanding the interplay of regulation, market structure and technologies. The investor needs to be able to form expectations about how this will eventually drive his medium- and long-term expectations about returns and corresponding risks. What is the influence of regulatory changes and what role can public investment support instruments play.

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management – in particular the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance – is contributing to this emerging field of “sustainable finance” and offering expertise on many levels: academic programmes, executive education, academic research as well as in numerous consultancy activities across the globe.


Banking on Sunshine: World Added Far More Solar Than Fossil Fuel Power Generating Capacity in 2017

The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 report, released today by UN Environment, Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, finds that falling costs for solar electricity, and to some extent wind power, is continuing to drive deployment. Last year was the eighth in a row in which global investment in renewables exceeded $200 billion – and since 2004, the world has invested $2.9 trillion in these green energy sources. Read on.

Green Finance Cluster Frankfurt starts its work at Frankfurt School

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is one of the founding members of the Green Finance Cluster in addition to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Economic and Infrastructure Bank Hessen (WIBank), the KfW Banking Group, the Center for Financial Studies based at Goethe University, the Association for Environmental Management and Sustainability in Financial Institutions (VfU) and the start-up centre TechQuartier. It is based at Frankfurt School and is located at Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. The cluster, which was created on the initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, is a project of the Integrated Climate Protection Plan Hessen 2025. Read on.

More Bang for the Buck: Record New Renewable Power Capacity Added at Lower Cost

Despite the decline, the volume of investments in renewables was about twice as high as the investments in power generation from coal and gas: "Coal and gas are slowly becoming a secondary area of investment in energy. Music plays with the renewables. Wind and sun are already competitive in many countries - investments are being made because it is worthwhile and subsidies are becoming less and less important," explains Professor Dr. Ulf Moslener, Professor for Sustainable Energy Finance at Frankfurt School and co-editor of the Global Trends Report. Read on.

Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance

The Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance is a strategic cooperation between the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Frankfurt School) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Both partners recognise that – for decades to come – climate change will pose a fundamental challenge to the world economy and the financial industry in particular.

The centre is committed to facilitating the necessary structural change of energy supply and use around the globe by helping to catalyse private sector capital flow towards investments in sustainable energy and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its work is designed to encourage and assist the finance community to scale-up current investment, or to take the first steps into new markets, particular in developing countries. To help achieve this goal, the Centre offers the Climate & Renewable Energy Finance e-learning course and the the Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy. 

Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance

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.

Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy

The Summer Academy gives participants the chance to take a leading role in the climate finance story. Participants complete core coursework on the linkages between public and private sector finance, the impact of recent international climate negotiations as well as policies and sources of financing to scale up and unlock climate finance. During the summer academy participants are guided through the risks and barriers to private investment in climate finance, and learn to assess the financial viability of investments as well as the impact of public support instruments. Moreover, technical issues are part of the programme, with participants building up a toolbox of practical knowledge on RE project finance to ultimately build their own financial model.

Academic Programmes

Our academic programmes also offer courses on renewable energy. Professor Moslener offers electives in the subjects of Master of Finance and Bachelor of Science, which provide our students with information on the growing field of renewable energies.

Executive Education

Renewable Energy Finance Certificate Programme

Wind energy, solar energy, photovoltaics, biomass, geothermal energy and hydropower - the renewable energy market is growing and growing. For financial service providers and investors, the financing of renewable energy is therefore a promising business area. Anyone who wants to make a success of such a financing project needs in-depth knowledge of economics, business, law, engineering and banking.

The interdisciplinary certificate programme  "Renewable Energy Finance" covers the entire range of renewable energy financing issues and highlights these from the point of view of both the project developer as well as the financier. 

Financing renewable energy

Participants learn about current developments in renewable energy and discuss financing forms, cash flow projections, profitability and critical success factors. From practice, they learn about stumbling blocks in structuring contracts and in negotiations.

The target group consists of specialists and executives from the area of financing, credit analysis and credit risk, as well as corporate account managers and sales staff who are involved in the evaluation and financing of EEG projects.

Sustainability at the new campus

Frankfurt School has also invested in renewable energies as part of the construction of its new campus. A solar system with an area of 336 m² on the roof provides the campus with up to 57,000 kWh per year. In addition, there is a small wind turbine generating approximately 10,000 kWh per year.

To stabilise the ecosystem in the urban area and to support the preservation of vegetation and biodiversity, the Frankfurt School has placed bees on its site. 4 beehives produce 20 kg of honey each year.

Our Campus on Adickesallee  has modern technology that uses resources sparingly. In addition to a combined heat and power plant, which alone covers 33 % of the total Frankfurt School electricity requirement, the building also has a reversible heat pump and a gas fired condensing boiler for heating and cooling.

The screw compressor, heat exchanger and cooling unit efficiently use the energy required to heat and cool the premises. The lighting system with presence detectors in public areas, in combination with LED lighting and corresponding control via a BUS system, saves resources and is sustainable for the environment.

The roof of the listed and historic petrol station on the site will continue to be used as a petrol station roof. Now, however, in the form of an innovative quick charging station for electric vehicles. The e-filling station is equipped with 2 charging stations for e-cars in the outdoor area, 2 charging stations in the garage and 3 charging stations (230V) for e-bikes.

Beiträge in Medien

  • 11. Juni 2018: Springer Professional führte ein Interview mit Professor Moslener zum Global Trends Report in Renewable Energy Investment. Den Beitrag finden Sie hier: Zum Artikel.

  • 6. Juni 2018: Professor Dr. Ulf Moslener sprach mit Finance TV über Investitionen in Erneuerbare Energien. Das Video können Sie hier ansehen: Zum Video.

  • 27. April 2018: Professor Dr. Ulf Moslener sprach mit dem Wissenschaftsmagazin 3sat nano über Investitionen in Erneuerbare Energien, insbesondere in China. Den Beitrag aus der Sendung können Sie hier anschauen: Zum Artikel.