Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy in Frankfurt a.M., Germany

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Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy in Frankfurt a.M., Germany

Sunday, July 15, 2012 to Friday, July 20, 2012

In times of climate change many German institutions are concerned with raising awareness on Renewable Energy. From 15 -17 July 2012 the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance therefore welcomed 26 managers from commercial, microfinance and development banks, consulting companies, project developers and researchers from 15 different countries to our yearly-executive course: Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy in Frankfurt. With almost 200 applications received, admission was highly competitive. The selected participants had the opportunity to gain knowledge and technical know-how in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency financing projects to meet the necessary understanding and actions for successful investments in clean energy technologies. We are also very proud that for the first time, our UNEP Collaborating Centre made it possible for organisations without sufficient own financial possibilities to attend the Summer Academy by providing scholarships for tuition fees.

Frankfurt School’s team of lecturers consisted of 13 internationally and nationally renowned trainers who conveyed their knowledge and experience in interactive classroom sessions flanked by case studies and discussions. “One of the success factors of our Summer Academies are the participants themselves”, explains Alicia Rondón-Krummheuer, one of the Centre’s Project Managers and resposinble for the SEF Summer Academy, “They bring in regional expertise, complementary experiences, and specialized knowledge, and thus learning from each other becomes one of the central elements in the training.”

After full days of training, numerous social events were waiting for the participants, ranging from a walking tour through the city Frankfurt, a BBQ held with Frankfurt School’s staff and faculty and a film and dinner at the local lakeside venue Schwedlersee.

With the assistance of the Interessengemeinschaft Odenwald (Local Action Group) a field trip was also organised for the participants, including a tour of the House of Energy in Erbach and a presentation by Florian Voigt from the Energiegenossenschaft Odenwald (EGO) about their plans to increase the amount of electricity produced by renewable energy and the importance and the potential for renewable energy in the region, a concept initiated by the commune of Odenwald (region in the South of Frankfurt) in 2009. Afterwards, the participants  were taken to Hainhaus Park and Mr. Jürgen Walther, CEO of the Odenwald Regionalgesellschaft (OREG), gave a presentation on wind power and provided a tour of their on site wind turbines. The fieldtrip finished with a discourse from Landrat Dietrich Kübler, Mayor Counsellor and Head of the District Authority for the region who explained the region’s plans to promote clean energy and their unique regional approach to reach these goals. Mr. Kübler explained that Odenwald’s approach is that renewable energy investments are financed by capital from local stakeholders, including public and private actors such as citizens and municiplaties, while local companies are hired to implement the projects. Two key players of this plan are the EGOand the OREG that we visited earlier that day. A driver for the involvement of private actors in this particular case was the Feed-in-Tariffs (FiT) scheme.

Preparations for next year’s SEF Summer Academies have already started as has the application process for the Frankfurt course! Apply now for theSustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Odenwälder Echo
 Interessengemeinschaft Odenwald (IGO)
 Energiegenossenschaft Odenwald (EGO)




Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy in Frankfurt a.M., Germany


Sunday, July 15, 2012 to Friday, July 20, 2012

Alicia Rondón-Krummheuer

FS-UNEP Centre
Project Manager