Registration Now Open for 2014 Edition of UNEP FI Online Course on Climate Change

30 May 2014. In order to enable key senior and mid-level executives in the finance sector to better understand the business complexities presented by climate change, the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced the running of the 2014 edition of the Online Course on Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector from 9 to 29 June 2014. Registration is now open. 

The key areas to be addressed by this course are:

  • A general introduction to climate change, the science and impacts, and key international and regional policies in place to tackle it i.e. the Kyoto Protocol and the post-Kyoto discussions.

  • Climate Risk: What are the key risks and what does it mean for the banking, insurance and fund management sectors?

  • Climate change and the energy economy: What does it mean for energy financing and what are the opportunities in alternative energy technologies?

  • Carbon finance and the Kyoto Mechanisms: Emissions trading i.e. the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Joint Implementation (JI).

The target audience for this course includes executives and middle management from financial institutions such as banks, insurers, reinsurers, and fund managers, from both developed and developing regions. Representatives of governments and civil society who want to learn the climate change issue from the perspective of the financial industry also welcomed. By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Integrate climate change into corporate action plans and strategies;
  • Identify risks, opportunities and markets for new plans and strategies;
  • Adapt the material for internal use, and use course material as a stand-alone reference guide.

This e-learning course is taught in English and requires a commitment of two hours/day on average, five days per week. Participants receive a certificate from UNEP FI after successful completion of the course. 

UNEP FI is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector. Over 200 institutions including banks, insurers and fund managers work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance. UNEP FI launched the online course on climate change in June 2007.

For further information, please consult the course brochure, the FAQs, or write to the UNEP FI Training Team at All applications should be submitted via an online form at least one week prior to the course.

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