UNEP Summer Academy Educates African Professionals on Sustainable Energy Finance

9 October 2013. The financial industry can play an important role in shaping the world’s response to climate change and the global demand for new energy solutions. In order to equip African professionals with the skills to promote access to clean energy and advance transformation to resilient low-carbon and resource-efficient economies, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management organize a Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy from 20-25 October 2013 in Mombasa, Kenya.

The Summer Academy programme offers a comprehensive framework on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) financing projects. It supplies international decision makers, project developers and investors with technical and financial know-how through practical and theoretical coursework that includes core courses on policy and sources of financing, technical courses in project finance and project design, as well as real-life, on-the-ground case studies. Integrated knowledge is delivered by senior trainers and practitioners that combine both academic-technical RE/EE and banking knowledge through a mix of lectures, discussions, and group work. The training philosophy emphasizes active participation and facilitates an interactive session in which participants engage each other on the differing perspectives and challenges in financing sustainable energy as well as a panel discussion. Field trips complement the classroom curriculum.

The Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy has a clear finance focus 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 also welcome to apply to the programme.

The course is organized by the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, a strategic cooperation between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Frankfurt School). The Centre the Centre is committed to advancing the role of the financial sector in catalyzing investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

For further information please contact summeracademy@frankfurt-school.de or visit: http://www.frankfurt-school.de/content/en/consulting/ias/summer_academies_2013/sustainable_energy_kenya.html