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Climate Change & the TCFD: Risks & Opportunities for the Banking Industry

Since 2007, UNEP FI has offered an Online Course on “Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector”.

As the understanding among financial institutions of the risks and opportunities imposed by climate change becomes more nuanced and sophisticated, and given the recent emergence of corresponding assessment & disclosure logics – first and foremost those underpinned by the 2017 recommendations of the FSB Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), there is now a need for new climate change training tailored to the financial services industry.

In response, UNEP FI – with the support of CAF, the Latin American Development Bank – has developed a second generation training platform. It aims at supporting financial institutions carry out TCFD-responsive assessments & disclosures, and is based on the groundbreaking work of the UNEP FI pilot groups on TCFD adoption.

A pilot version of the course, tailored specifically to banking organizations as lenders, will be run, for the first time, in November 2018.

Course in 2018:
Date Language Tutor
26 November – 9 December English Edmund Olivier
Course in 2019:
Date Language Tutor
11 – 24 March English  Edmund Olivier

Target Audience: Executives and middle management staff of banks, from both developed and developing regions. Government and civil society representatives wishing to learn more about the financial risks and opportunities from climate change, and about the required forward-looking assessment methods, are also welcome.

Contents: The key areas addressed in this course are:

  1. Climate change as a physical, meteorological phenomenon and the impacts of climate change, covering the basic science of climate change, including the latest scientific insights as compiled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  2. The societal response to climate change as a policy-related, economic and technological matter, covering the international climate change regime, its history, and current discussions and challenges; as well as the main policy-related and technological responses to climate change at the national level
  3. Assessing the credit risks and opportunities from physical climate change
  4. Assessing the credit risks and opportunities from the transition to the low-carbon economy

Language: English.

Duration: Two weeks.

Time commitment: Two hours/day on average, five days per week.

Timetable: Flexible, participants to set their own study times.

Course Fee:

*The course fees after the 2019 March edition might be subject to minor changes.

Participant Profile Fee
Representatives of medium-sized and large financial institutions* (non-UNEPFI-members) 890 USD
Representatives of small financial institutions* (non-UNEPFI-members)

Representatives of non-Governmental Organisations, academics and Government representatives*

790 USD
Signatories (Headquarter & Subsidiaries) to UNEP FI 490 USD

*5% group discounts (3 or more people from the same Financial Institution in the same course edition).

Please note that course fees serve exclusively to cover the costs of running the course.

Cancellation Policy: Participants who cancel their participation in a course once it has started and wish to be placed in a future edition will receive as a courtesy a 10% discount on the tuition for that future course. The course is highly customized, and these late cancellations create costs for the organizers and deny the position in the course to others who were turned away.

Certificates: Successful Course participants receive a certificate from UNEP FI and CAF after successful completion of the course.

Applications: All applications should be submitted via our online form at least one week prior to the course you wish to participate in.

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