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The role of financial markets in driving the transformation towards a low-carbon climate resilient economy is fundamental to the efficient implementation of global ambitions in the post-Paris Agreement phase. Realising a successful transformation requires thought leaders to understand and critically analyse the key aspects of private capital engagement at various levels and from different sources. The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre) is a strategic cooperation between UN Environment and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

The Centre has a long-standing track record in designing, implementing and evaluating climate and renewable energy (RE) finance projects aiming to facilitate private sector investments. One of the Centre’s primary goals is to equip thought leaders with the necessary skills to improve access to clean energy and climate finance in developing and emerging economies. With this in mind, we have the pleasure of inviting you to a complete and unique learning experience: The Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy Programmes.

9th edition of the Summer Academy: June 18 - 22, 2018

The Programme

The 2018 Frankfurt Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy and Executive Trainings will offer three different courses to choose from and allow participants to build a solid foundation in green finance.

Climate and 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.

Are you entering the RE and climate finance industry or looking to build on your knowledge and understand the inner workings of the industry? We recommend joining the Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy.

Applied Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Executive Training

The cutting-edge Executive Training aims to equip participants with a deep understanding of current trends and innovative transaction structures for finance. It allows critical engagement with theories and practical examples in sustainable climate and renewable energy finance. Because of their high level of experience, the Centre’s senior staff and guest speakers with hands-on industry insights will serve as ideal sparring partners to facilitate a deeper exchange, debate and understanding to demystify different trends and concepts discussed. The trainers will challenge you to translate your own knowledge and objectives from your professional background into evidence and motivation for engagement with the financial sector.

Do you have industry experience and are interested in learning some of the new bigger picture themes and innovative trends shaping the sector – currently and in the years to come?

We recommend enrolling in the Applied Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Executive Training.

Executive Training in Applying Investment Theory to Climate Finance

Our newest course offering takes a deep dive in investment decisions and the theory behind it – applied to case studies and analysed in financial models. The course aims to equip participants with the tools to make complex decisions in the face of wider uncertainty in the climate finance world. Participants will learn to interpret the results from real world case studies and build on their financial modelling skills. Policy makers will gain the required understanding to confidently engage in the policy dialogue with investors. The course will take you on a challenging, stimulating and unique journey. Throughout the course you will be challenged by the trainers to apply the theory into practice and discuss the different topics and concepts in a broader context meaningful to financial decision-makers. By the end of the course you will be able to take your financial skills in climate and RE finance into your professional career.

Do you have a love for crunching numbers and a solid understanding of finance and excel and want to gain a greater understanding on how investment decisions are reached?

We recommend enrolling in our new Executive Training in Applying Investment Theory to Climate Finance.

The Art of Teaching

The Centre operates in a continuum from research to project implementation, but also as a catalyst to multiply knowledge, skills and good practice in climate and sustainable energy finance. We combine technical know-how, applied research, and academic courses to deliver first rate classroom learning. At the same time, we provide a collaborative space to formulate forward-thinking ideas for the post-Paris Agreement implementation phase, where agendas and issues are constantly changing. We build a creative learning environment around some core principles to ensure a more tangible experience for the participants:

We take you on a journey to demystify climate and RE finance, delving into case studies and learning from discussions and group work with a clear hands-on focus tailored to the needs and realities of developing, emerging and industrialized countries.

We foster a strong combination of theory and practice in the classes, ensuring interactions with experts and practitioners. Training relies not only on classroom style teaching but interaction, visualisation, application, facilitation, moderation and ongoing evaluation. A joint excursion completes the programmes and additionally caters to the creative learning environment.

To help you to think outside the box we are going to spend time in the Frankfurt School Innovation Lab to explore design thinking, learning new concepts to tackle different situations in our ever changing world.

Networking and Entertainment

Participants from previous Academies have brought a wealth of diversification and valuable and distinct experiences which adds to the overall experience. There will be many opportunities to engage, network and socialise with peers from each Summer Academy course.

Despite an ambitious agenda, we also enjoy our downtime and will help you enjoy yours. Our evening programme in Frankfurt will take you on a city tour and you will be able to enjoy traditional German food. We also invite you over for a relaxing barbeque at Frankfurt School to enjoy a German summer evening.

Administrative Details

The tuition fee for the trainings is EUR 3,750 and it covers all training materials and full-board accommodation in single rooms for the duration of training including meals as well as transportation for site visits.

The Summer Academies are fully tuition based and not sponsored. Accordingly, participants have to cover the full costs of the training or find a sponsor. There are few scholarships available. (Please see Scholarship tab for details and register for our newsletter for more information).

The participant group will be selected based on complementary experiences and backgrounds.


Please note that we select applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. At the same time we try to form a group of participants with complementary experiences and backgrounds. The number of participants is limited. Therefore we recommend you to submit your application in a timely manner.


Please note that we can offer the following discounts:

  • 10% for each institution sending more than one participant* to a Summer Academy
  • 20% to each participant participating in more than one Summer Academy course*

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The Summer Academy will be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The campus facilities offer a broad variety of seminar rooms including high-class training facilities. The campus is situated in the center of Frankfurt am Main (one step from the bank of the river Main) and offers an inspiring environment with excellent training facilities and internet access. Accommodation in single rooms will be arranged at a high-class hotel within walking distance from the campus.


The language of instruction will be English and no translation will be provided.

Scholarships for the Summer Academy

The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance provides funding for scholarships covering 75% of the course fees for applicants meeting the eligibility requirements (the remaining 25% of course fees, plus travel expenses must be covered by the participant).

Scholarship Criteria:

To be considered for a scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • come from developing countries
  • have no funding from their company
  • have a track record of related work
  • have the means to pay the remaining amount of the fees and transportation
  • submit a complete and proper application form

Please note that your scholarship application can only be considered if you have completed your online registration for the respective course.

About the Trainers

Silvia Kreibiehl

Silvia Kreibiehl is head of the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. In her role as head of the Centre, Ms. Kreibiehl has overall responsibility for all international Frankfurt School consultancy projects in the area of climate and sustainable energy finance. She is in charge of project acquisition and management, in particular, quality management. She is also leading applied research efforts in the role of local investors in climate finance. Ms. Kreibiehl is co-author of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) currently being prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Before joining the Centre, Silvia worked for Deutsche Bank for 17 years, with 10 years being in corporate finance (equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions), particularly in the RE sector. She also worked four years on double bottom line investment opportunities and respective transaction structures in developing countries. Silvia was the lead analyst at Deutsche Bank for the GET FiT concept and responsible for DB’s shareholding in the Desertec Industrial initiative.

Andrea Bode

Andrea Bode is senior project manager at the Centre and has a strong background in banking with a focus on credit structuring. Before joining Frankfurt School in 2013, she worked at Deutsche Bank as Vice President in Markets - Structured Finance Structuring.She also held positions in asset finance, corporate and SME lending, and credit risk management. She has significant experience in asset finance, structuring, and execution of tailored financing solutions for various asset classes while taking into account financial, legal, tax, and accounting aspects including the set-up of detailed financial models.

Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener

Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener is professor for sustainable energy finance at the Frankfurt School. As head of research at the Centre, his current fields of research are the economics of climate change, financing sustainable energy systems and climate finance. He represents Germany in the UN Standing Committee on Climate Finance. In the past, he was deputy head of the Environmental and Resource Economics and Environmental Management departement at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany. His main research areas are international climate policy, the analysis of carbon regulation, carbon emissions trading, and policy instruments to promote renewable energy. He led a number of research projects on behalf of German Federal Ministries and the European Commission. Thereafter he joined KfW Development Bank, where he was dealing with the practice of financing renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing and newly industrialised countries within the German development co-operation. Ulf Moslener holds a Diploma in Physics and a PhD in economics from the University of Heidelberg.

Martin Cremer

Martin Cremer has a strong banking background, combining structuring expertise of complex private equity debt transactions with international negotiation skills. He has been working in this field for over 14 years in various financial institutions. Before joining Frankfurt School in 2011, Mr. Cremer worked as a freelance debt advisor and held various positions at Unicredit Corporates & Markets in Germany and France, as well as BNP Paribas, culminating as director of leveraged finance. His recent work experience with Frankfurt School includes identifying and negotiating terms with private equity investors in the context of implementing a UNEP Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF) in sub-Saharan Africa. This initiative aims to help clean energy entrepreneurs access enterprise development support and early stage seed capital in addition to structuring and fund raising for the follow-on facility SCAF II. Moreover, Mr. Cremer is the project manager of the AFD Technical Cooperation Programme Implementation and follow-up mission to promote the identification and structuring of renewable and energy efficiency investments in Indonesia. He was also project manager of a microfinance fund that provided technical assistance and financing to MFIs and banks in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2011 to 2013.

Event Organisers

The Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance is a strategic cooperation between United Nations Environment Programme and Frankfurt School. The Centre also offers the Climate & Renewable Energy Finance e-learning course.


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