What is Sustainable Finance?

The effects of climate change do not stop at companies. Scientific climate models predict that climate risks such as extreme weather events will increase in the foreseeable future. To achieve the climate goals and minimise the negative impacts of climate change, the economy must change. Businesses must become future-oriented and seize the opportunities that come with the transformation to greater sustainability. Massive investments are needed for this comprehensive change.

The financial system can play an active role in this by taking environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into account in lending and financing processes, thus promoting future-proof investments. This shift towards sustainability in the financial sector is called sustainable finance. To support this process, the EU introduced various sustainable finance regulations, of which the EU Taxonomy is the most well known.


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The German Mittelstand is the backbone of the country’s economy and unique in its form worldwide. SMEs play a central role in the value chain of corporations that are subject to sustainable finance regulations. These corporations rely on obtaining sustainability-related data from their suppliers and customers. Therefore, German SMEs are indirectly affected by the regulations.

Furthermore, it is worthwhile for SMEs to actively address sustainability issues and sustainable finance. Companies that proactively comply with regulations can expect better access to finance, enhance their reputation as a sustainable company and are better prepared for new policy measures in the future.

The Sustainable Finance Advisory Team at the FS UNEP Centre consists of experienced experts with a broad range of expertise regarding the financial sector and the real economy, latest developments in sustainable finance policies and the practical application of  related regulations in companies and banks. Due to our close cooperation with faculties of the Frankfurt School and the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance, our approaches are based on the latest findings from research and corporate reality.

Advisory Services

We will be happy to advise you on the following topics:

  • Calculation of your EU Taxonomy eligible and aligned share
  • Establishing structures for the collection and disclosure of your sustainability-related data
  • Development of a sustainable finance strategy for your company
  • General information on the EU Taxonomy and the disclosure requirements
  • Development of sustainable finance structures, taking into account measurable, credible and sector-specific ESG factors


Our trainings educate you about the EU Taxonomy and the sustainability transformation of the economy. The offer ranges from beginner trainings to accompanied applications of EU regulations for advanced learners. You can choose the focus topics that suit your needs.


The Frankfurt School UNEP Centre has developed the EU Taxonomy Quick Check Tool to help you understand the EU Taxonomy’s impact on your company in three simple steps. The tool also analyses whether your company needs to disclose sustainability data and provides information on a possible integration of the EU Taxonomy into your company’s reporting.

As the EU Taxonomy is rooted in the sustainability transformation, the tool additionally illuminates to what extent your company is affected by the economic transition towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

Meet some members of our Advisory Team

Karsten Löffler

Green and Sustainable Finance Analyst

Frederic Bettini

Green and Sustainable Finance Analyst

Sebastian Rink

Green and Sustainable Finance Analyst