Mobilising capital streams to make sustainable societies bloom.
An international think-and-do tank advancing the role 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 on-ground expertise to finance the transition towards a greener, climate-resilient future that enables societies to prosper. The FS-UNEP Centre´s approach to fulfilling its mission is to attract new types of investors, in particular by catalysing the financing of future-proof, low-carbon economic activities by the private sector. Private sector capital has a pivotal role to play in the race against climate change.

The FS-UNEP Centre’s work is designed to encourage and assist 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 put in place policies, regulations and initiatives that overcome existing or perceived investment risks and other barriers seen by the private sector. It aims to bring together demand and supply of sustainable financing by promoting smart finance structures and mechanisms.

Vision & Mission

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 of Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance combines in-depth knowledge of financing 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 mutual benefit by bringing together the demand for financing with those able to supply it.

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

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

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.

Its 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.

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Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) 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 now to protect the public from environmental toxins and radiation and to establish an intelligent and efficient use of raw materials, to advance climate action and to promote a use of natural resources that conserves biodiversity and secures habitats.

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is a key partner for the Centre. The Ministry acknowledges that climate change is a great global challenge which has to be overcome. Climate protection and energy, and the related national and international level policy frameworks, have become key topics in the Ministry’s work.

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