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EU Taxonomy - Sustainable Finance in Practice

Introductory and Expert Online Training


The EU Taxonomy is a key building block of sustainable finance in Europe. It defines how to identify environmentally sustainable economic activities. Disclosure regulations and demand for sustainable financial products create the need for financial institutions to understand and operationalise the EU Taxonomy.

This course is ideal for investment professionals/financial market participants who would like to improve their understanding for investments into environmentally sustainable economic activiteis. The course aims to assist investment professionals to gain a firm understanding of the EU Taxonomy and its practical implementation.

The Introductory and Expert course build on one another. If you already have knowledge on the basic principles of the EU Taxonomy, you can decide to choose the Expert course only.

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and ELS Europe have teamed up to provide the trainings to get your organisation ready for the EU Taxonomy. Our experienced trainers have an profound understanding of the EU Taxonomy and are partly active members of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance and the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG).

Introductory Course

The Introductory course is designed for those with no exposure or only a rudimentary understanding of EU Taxonomy. It will furnish participants with the neceassry knowledge to be able to advance to the Expert course


750 € - Introductory course only

1500 € - Introductory and Expert course


22nd - 24th March 2021

16:00-18:00 (CET)

Topics Covered

Technical Aspects of EU Taxonomy

  • Introduction to applying the EU Taxonomy
  • Six environmental objectives pusued in EU Taxonomy
  • Substanstial contribution to climate mitigation and adaptation onjectives against EU.
  • Do no significant harm to climate and other environmental objectives against EU Taxonomy TSC
  • Minimum social safeguards

Role of the Taxonomy in the EU Sustainable Finance Context

  • Future development of the EU Taxonomy

Short Case Study

Expert Course

For the Expert course, basic principles of the EU Taxonomy need to be understood and first pilot implementation should be planned or ongoing in your organization.


950 € - Expert course only

1500 € - Introductory and Expert course


12th - 14th April 2021

16:00-18:00 (CET)

Topics Covered

Data Requirements

  • Where can data for Taxonomy application be sources (internal and external/public sources.
  • Is necessary data available at appropriate quality and comprehensiveness/coverage
  • Data curation
  • Managing data challenges
  • Overview of potential solutions

Disclosure Obligations

  • Deep dive disclosure obligations
  • Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR)
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Regulatory framework in more detail
  • Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)
  • Non-financial Reporting Directive (NFRD)

Short Case Study

  • In-depth case studies



Sebastian Rink

As expert for green and sustainable finance, Sebastian advises financial institutions on the operationalisation of sustainable finance and governments on sustainable financial related policy measures. Recent projects involve the analysis of several European countries’ financial market regulations for compliance with the Paris climate goals under the 3fP-Tracker.com framework, the first larger scale pilot of the EU Ecolabel for financial products and the development of a technical toolkit to advise commercial banks on implementing climate commitments. Sebastian has contributed to the development of the EU Taxonomy as an additional expert to the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is currently involved in outreach to the German industry on the EU Taxonomy and develops solutions to operationalise the EU Taxonomy at funds, banks and SMEs in the real economy.

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Before joining the FS-UNEP Centre, Sebastian has gained experience in private equity as part of Allianz Global Investors’ transaction services team for a renewable energy projects.

He has further successfully completed a talent programme on corporate finance in the German aviation industry and was awarded the MSc in Carbon Finance from the University of Edinburgh Business School with an academic excellence certificate and holds a BSc in International Business Administration from the Frankfurt School.

Johanna Wietschel

Johanna Wietschel is a research analyst at the FS-UNEP Collaborating Center for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. Johanna’s work focuses on sustainable finance policy, for example in the context of green recovery at EU level, and on the sustainability performance of financial institutes, e.g. through developing the ‚Finance fit for Paris‘ (3fP) tracker, an EU-wide study on the climate performance of banks. In previous positions, she worked in research in the field of climate policy and dealt with political measures in the field of energy-efficient housing renovation. Johanna holds a MSc in Economics with a focus on climate economics from Freie Universität Berlin.



Dawn Selvin

Dawn is Managing Director of ELS Europe, a member of the DG-FISMA Technical Expert Group (TEG) building Europe’s first Green Sustainable Finance Taxonomy and a member of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) Project Task Force on reporting of non-financial risks and opportunities and linkage to the business model. Dawn is a Chartered Environmentalist (CENV) and Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM), holds an MSc. with Distinction, Environmental Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (2002) and Honours Degree Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin (1994),and is a member of associated professional institutions.

Involved Institutions

The FS-UNEP Centre

The content of this course was developed by the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (http://fs-unep-centre.org/). 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.

ELS Europe

ELS Europe is a market leading consultancy providing sustainable finance and risk management solutions for multi-national and national actors across financial and industrial operations. Effective environmental solutions are readily implemented with measurable and verifiable results for environmental risk reduction, financial sustainablility and profitability.