Mobilising capital flows to ensure sustainable societies thrive. 
An international think-and-do tank that promotes the roles of the private financial sector in creating a sustainable world by maximising cutting-edge research, policy advice, education & project implementation.


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).

The FS-UNEP Centre takes a unique approach towards combining research and expertise to finance the transition towards a greener, climate-resilient future that enables societies to prosper. Our mission is to attract new types of investors, particularly by catalysing the private sector financing of sustainable, low-carbon economic activities. The private sector capital plays a crucial role in the race we face in climate change.

The FS-UNEP Centre’s work aims to encourage and support the finance community to scale-up current investments, or to take the first steps into new markets. A key part of this process is to enable the public sector to be able to place policies, regulations and initiatives that overcome existing or perceived investment risks and other barriers perceived by the private sector. The aim is to bring demand and supply of sustainable financing together by promoting smart finance structures and mechanisms.


Our vision is to catalyze the transition to a clean and sustainable world – a world driven by low-carbon economic development and led by environmentally conscious, empowered, and enabled communities and businesses.

The Centre strives to catalyse transformational changes needed to realize this world by collaborating, engaging, and providing strategic advisory services to financial stakeholders to deliver innovative, smart, and practical solutions.


The team at Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance combines an in-depth knowledge of finance markets, particularly in developing and emerging countries, with extensive skills for the design of appropriate financial mechanisms and contractual arrangements for financiers under local conditions. It acts as a bridge-builder between the public and private sector, developing and developed countries, high-level climate policy negotiators and on-the-ground project developers. It generates a mutual benefit by bringing the demand for financing, with those able to supply it, together.

As a unique “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 and allows for developing and emerging countries to apply leading global solutions.

Together with partners in different well-respected institutions, the Centre is elaborating and field-testing new financial instruments, products and services that serve the growing markets for efficient and clean energy production.

By implementing and recording findings and instruments in the field where they are most effective, the Centre maximises its knowledge base to strengthen its role as a leading think-and-do tank.



Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gGmbH (Frankfurt School) is a leading private business school based in Frankfurt am Main. In education, research and advisory Frankfurt School covers economics, management, finance and banking. With more than 65 members, its faculty is one of the leading economics faculties in Germany. Frankfurt School is part of a global network of about 100 partner universities and business schools. It hosts offices in Nairobi, Istanbul, Sao Paolo, Beijing and Pune. The faculty offers professional and executive education as well as university degree programmes and has full degree awarding power. The FS-UNEP Centre is a sister department of Frankfurt School’s International Advisory Services (IAS) department. IAS experts manage consulting and training projects on finance in emerging and developing countries, disseminating sustainable international business practices through education, research, training and advisory services. IAS’ mandate is to build up and strengthen institutional capacities in the financial sectors of these countries.

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Their mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

They categorize their work into seven broad thematic areas: climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, resource efficiency, and environment under review. In all of their work, they maintain their overarching commitment to sustainability.

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The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) is responsible for a range of government policies that are reflected in the name of the ministry itself. The ministry has been working over 30 years to protect the public from environmental toxins and radiation, to promote the wise and efficient use of raw materials, to advance climate action and to ensure that natural resources are used in a way that protects the diversity of animal and plant species and preserves their habitats.

The structure and name of the ministry was changed by the organisational decree of the Federal Chancellor of 8 December 2021. Since then, the BMUV has been responsible not only for environmental protection and nature conservation, but also consumer protection policy. The BMUV therefore shapes core issues for the future that focus on people and their living environments. It drives economic, environmental and social modernisation. Climate action also remains a key issue for the BMUV with a focus on natural climate solutions, climate adaptation and resource policy.

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