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Certified Expert in Climate Adaptation Finance


Climate change will have a profound impact on countries and economies. Businesses, small and large, are affected; investors face increased risks, something also observed by the insurance industry.

Governments are required to respond too, and do so in different ways: they provide adaptation planning and some (often public) infrastructure, but they also play a key role in providing a policy environment that facilitates the response measures by all stakeholders in the economy. Essential for this course is that most of these response measures – adaptation measures - require investment. There is a tremendous spectrum from small enterprises to corporates up to larger private or public infrastructure projects seeking climate adaptation finance.

What Do We Offer?

  • An interactive e-learning course including video lectures, PDF scripts, practical exercises, online tests and case studies.
  • A discussion forum for course related issues as well as for exchange of opinions and experiences with your classmates and tutors.
  • Personalized support from your e-Campus Team.
  • The possibility to achieve a Frankfurt School certificate after passing the final exam or a confirmation of course completion after completing the course.
  • An international network of institutions hosting our final exam all over the world.

Tuition Fees*

Registration Date Fee
Before July 15, 2020 EUR 1,100
After July 15, 2020 EUR 1,300

Final exam fee: 50 EUR

Certificate fee: After passing the final exam you will receive a digital certificate. Should you wish to receive a hard copy of your certificate as well, an additional administrative fee of EUR 50 will be charged.


  • 10% group discount (for 2 or more participants working for the same instutiton, informed to us before by an email)
  • 10% for FS Alumni
  • for additional company packages, please contact us
Payment Options
  • Bank Transfer (bank fees to be covered by the participants)
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal

Payment in instalments is unfortunately not possible.

*Subject to change

Target Audience

This course 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 of course also welcome to register to the course.

The course aims to explain the many facets of, and perspectives on, climate adaptation finance. Pre-experience in (mainstream) banking and finance is therefore helpful but not required.


The course takes 6 months assuming 5-7 hours of self-study per week. It consists of 11 units which build upon each other. You will take the units in sequence and will  need to pass an online multiple choice test before accessing the next unit.

The last unit includes a case study that has to be submitted on a fixed deadline.

You are not sure if you manage to complete the course within 6 months? No worries! You can apply for a course extension (6 more months) against an administrative fee.

Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance(MA) - online

is designed for (emerging) leaders who are passionate about finance and the role finance plays as a catalyst for sustainable economic development and equitable and environmentally conscientious growth in economies worldwide – in other words, how to finance and manage a better future for all.

Course contributes to UN SDGs

All our courses contribute to the following SDGs

This course will enhance your knowledge in the following SDGs. The SWA offers professional and executive courses dedicated to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Registrations for the intake starting in September are already open. If you register before 15th July, you will benefit from 200 EUR early bird discount.

Next intakes:

01. September 2020 - 28. February 2021
01. March 2021 - 31. August 2021

Course Details*

Course Objectives

This course will help you to understand the many facets of, and perspectives on, climate adaptation finance – which is not and shall not be limited to grant funding. An overview of how financing typically takes place in different adaptation related projects will form the basis for discussions about why finance is flowing towards adaptation projects in some cases whereas in other situations commercial adaptation investment is inhibited. The different perspectives of businesses, investors and policy makers on adaptation will be given. This will support the participants to reflect on appropriate policy interventions to facilitate adaptation and to identify funds from various sources available to implement required measures globally.

At the end of the course, the knowledge gained will be applied to a number of real world examples of adaptation projects.

Suggestions & Recommendations

This course is designed so that you have the flexibility to decide on the timing and pace of your learning experience. However we will provide you with recommendations for your to take as much as possible from this course.

Your schedule: We will provide you a course schedule including voluntary and mandatory deadlines. The course schedule serves as a guideline for your personal learning schedule and will help you to complete the programme within the given time frame.

Exercises: Even though the exercises in the script are not mandatory we strongly advise that you use them as an opportunity to check your knowledge and to prepare for the final exam.

Networking Opportunities: Use the forum to introduce yourself to your peer participants and to start interesting discussions.

Unit 1: Introduction

Unit 3: Adaptation: A Stakeholder Overview

This unit introduces the main stakeholders, how they are differently affected by climate change and the role they might play in the adaptation process. The main stakeholders are governments & policy makers, corporates as well as insurance and investors, e.g. banks.

Unit 5: Fundamentals and Sources of Finance

This unit introduce participants to the basics of project finance. It also provides a broader overview of which sources of financing that can be used for climate adaptation projects.

Unit 7: The Business Perspective of Adaptation Finance

Businesses will have to make their decisions against the background of a changing climate. They have to form expectations about their future business environment and at the same time have to account for uncertainty related to climate change. This will feed into their cost-benefit considerations.

Unit 9: The Insurance Perspective on Adaptation Finance

The insurance industry plays different roles in climate adaptation. Demand for new / climate related risk insurance may increase. At the same time appropriate pricing of those insurances within a changing climate is a challenge. The second role of the insurance industry is the one of an investor in the capital markets, were the financial characteristics of a portfolio of adaptation investments are relevant.

Unit 2: Defining Adaptation: The many Faces of Climate Adaptation

Adapting economies and societies across the globe to the changing climate essentially means a broad structural change. This unit will discuss different definitions of adaptation and adaptation projects. It will also provide options to characterize adaptation projects.

Unit 4: International Climate Politics

Unit 4 will provide a broad understanding of the main milestones in international climate change policy up to now, including both mitigation and adaptation policies.

Unit 6: Overcoming Barriers to Adaptation Finance

This unit examines barriers to financing adaptation projects, reasons that inhibit financial flows to adaptation. The results are used for identifying public support instruments which policy makers and public finance institutions can use to try to overcome these barriers.

Unit 8: Climate-related Risks: Transparency & Metrics

The consequences of climate change for existing businesses or new business models will naturally translate into the investors’ perspective. Risk may have to be reconsidered. New risks will be identified and integrated into risk management procedures. In this context the unit also covers aspects such as carbon stress-testing, reporting and divestment.

Unit 10: The Role of Adaptation in the Overall Policy Mix

Based on what has been developed up to this point in the course, this unit will describe main building blocks of adaptation related policies and develop guidelines for designing such policies. Two prominent political policy goals in the adaptation context are:

  1. Compensation of those who are negatively affected
  2. Facilitating an efficient structural change

The unit discusses approaches to integrate both concerns into the policy mix.

Unit 11: Real-World Case Analysis

The last learning unit uses the project perspectives to connect the knowledge accumulated in the course to real world case studies.  Detailed information about real adaptation projects, their problems and solutions, supported by step by step instructions from the trainers, will guide the participants and anchor the new theoretical framework for climate adaptation finance in actual results.

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Course Lecturers

Silvia Kreibiehl

Silvia Kreibiehl is Head of the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre) at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. More...

Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener

Ulf Moslener is Professor for Sustainable Energy Finance at the faculty of Frankfurt School. As Head of Research at the Centre his current fields of research are the economics of climate change, financing sustainable energy systems and climate finance. More...

The FS-UNEP Centre

The content of this course was developed by the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance ( The Centre is a strategic cooperation between Frankfurt School and the UN Environment programme. Its vision is to advance transformation to resilient low-carbon and resource-efficient economies by attracting new types of investors, in particular catalysing the financing of clean energy by the private sector. The Centre is UNEP’s major knowledge hub for climate finance related aspects.