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Finance, Climate Change and the Global Energy Transition


taught by Prof. Dr. Eva Lütkebohmert-Holtz and Dr. Mirko Schäfer,

  • Scenarios for climate change and for the transition to a low-carbon economy
  • The role of climate change and the energy transition for financial stability
  • The interplay between policy, investment dynamics, and technological development
  • Classification of sustainable investments and assessment of climate-related risks
  • The impact of the energy transition on capital markets
  • The fossil fuel divestment movement

After successful completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • Describe scenarios for climate change and for the transformation to a low-carbon economy
  • Discuss current global trends for the investment in low-carbon energy systems
  • Relate climate risks and policy risks to systemic risk in financial systems
  • Communicate key points from current reports and scientific articles covering the global energy transition, climate risks, and their relation to the financial system 


Friday, October 21, 8 - 12 am (HS 1236)

Friday, October 28, 8 - 12 am (HS 1236)

Participation in those introductory sessions is mandatory. Non-appearance will be regarded as withdrawal from class.

Friday, November 11, 10-12 am (HS 1236) Guest Lecture: Alexandra Engesser (Baloise Group)

November 25, 2022 - February 10, 2023

Fridays 8 - 12 am (lecture hall 1236)

No class from December 23, 2022 until January 20, 2023

First Meeting
 October 21, 2022



Bewerbung &

The number of participants for this seminar is limited. Applications for the seminar can be send until October 5, 2022 here.

Please send your application together with:

  • Course / Year of Study
  • Matriculation Number
  • Current Transcript

Written report and oral presentation.

 Course materials will be available on ILIAS. The password necessary to register for the course on ILIAS will be given in the first lecture!



The seminar can be credited as follows:

In M.Sc. Economics in the profile "Finance";

In M.Sc. VWL according to the examination regulations 2014 in "Accounting, Finance, and Taxation",

In M.Sc. Mathematik as an elective in Economics (wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Wahlpflichtmodul) within the profile "Finanzmathematik.

  • „A call for action – Climate change as a source of financial risk”, Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), 2019
  • „Annual Review 2018-2019“, Carbon Tracker, 2019
  • „World Energy Investment 2020“, International Energy Agency (IEA), 2020
  • “Climate change challenges for central banks and financial regulators”, E. Camiglio et al., Nature Climate Change 8, 462-468, 2018


Further literature will be announced in the course.

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