Certified Expert in Climate Adaptation Finance, Certificate | Part time online | Frankfurt School of Finance and Management | Germany
6 months
1900 EUR/full
1900 EUR/full
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This Certified Expert in Climate Adaptation Finance course from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management provides the basics of finance and investment for assessing the financial viability of investments in adaptation projects.

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This Certified Expert in Climate Adaptation Finance course is offered by Frankfurt School of Finance and Management .

Key facts

  • Climate change presents a risk to the global economy and consequently the finance sector. However, it also presents an opportunity for innovative financing to increase the economic and social resilience to climate impacts.
  • As facilitators of the economy, financial institutions have a central role in the transformation to low carbon and climate-resilient development. 
  • Their responsibility is twofold: greening their portfolios towards Paris compatible financing and investments, and reflecting and integrating climate-related risks into their risk management processes. 
  • This gradual process involves harmonising short-term business cycles and investment horizons with systemic and long-term thinking by all actors from the financial sector (e.g. banks, asset managers, insurers, pension funds, investment consultants, regulators, rating agencies). 
  • This process is supported by public actors who moderate the structural change required for a transition to climate-resilient economies.
  • It clusters business models to provide an understanding of the parameters according to the project scale and, for example, revenue models, ownership structure, and value proposition, and will link to the financing perspective. Different investors and intermediaries have very different investment strategies, level of risk appetite, return expectations, and investment horizons. 
  • Crowding in the right investor for a project is essential to ensure their long-term involvement and the required scale-up of investment volumes.

Course Objectives

Adaptation seeks to moderate harm or exploit beneficial opportunities. Most of the research on adaptation to date has focused on public spending on adaptation rather than private adaptation, although it may be likely that most of the adaptation financing needs appear with the private actors affected by climate change. Understanding this will help to moderate and potentially accelerate adaptation, as well as address the role of government incentives for adaptation projects. 

This course will demonstrate that adaptation can appear with different economic and financial characteristics depending on the level we look at it and the individual activity that is considered. Depending on these different characteristics there are different roles for private and commercial actors or governmental institutions in facilitating the structural change towards a low carbon and climate-resilient economy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Climate change science – What is adaptation?
  • Climate science meets climate finance
  • Coping with damages – the natural role of private and public sector actors
  • Barriers to adaptation finance and the role of support frameworks
  • Building a business case for adaptation
  • Investment opportunities from the perspective of private financiers
  • Financing the business model – financial instruments

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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 Early Bird

  • For September start - by Jul. 15
  • March start - by Jan. 15





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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).  
  • The course aims to explain the many facets of, and perspectives on, climate adaptation finance. Experience and basic knowledge in (mainstream) banking and finance is therefore very helpful but not explicitly required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1900 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1900 EUR for the full programme during 6 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1900 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1900 EUR for the full programme during 6 months.
  • EUR 1,600  (by July 15)


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