Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance

What we do:

Driving climate action requires investment and financial solutions. Shifting from business-as-usual to greener economic activities requires policy changes, technology improvements and funding amongst others. The net benefits of investing in climate solutions far outweigh the costs. The FS-UNEP Centre works towards sourcing and directing funding flows to critical projects that make long-lasting impacts and offer compelling net benefits.

The Centre is a strategic cooperation between Frankfurt School and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) since 2009. The aim of the Centre is to promote public and private sector investment in greenhouse gas mitigation and climate adaptation in developing and emerging countries, as well as in industrialized countries. As a “think-and-do-tank”, the Centre combines research, teaching, training and consulting services.

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.

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 categorise 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.

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.