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Finance, Climate Change, and the Global Energy Transition


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

  • 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 


Tuesdays, October 19, 2:15 - 3:45 pm (lecture hall 1108)

Friday, October 22, 0:15 - 1:45 pm (online via BigBlueButton)

Tuesday, October 26, 2:15 - 3:45 pm (lecture hall 1108)

Friday, October 29, 0:15-1:45 pm (lecture hall 1015)

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

November 2 - 19: No class, preparation time for presentations

November 23, 2021 - February 11, 2022
Tuesdays 2:15 - 3:45 pm (lecture hall 1108)
Fridays 12:15 - 1:45 pm (lecture hall 1142)

No class from December 21, 2021 until January 7, 2022

The seminar is taking place in class.     

Participation is only possible with valid 3G (vaccinated, recovered or tested) proof!

Further, an attendance confirmation is required for each tutorial session! This can be done most easily in electronic form. For details see the paragraph  Procedure via HISinOne from the point of view of participants (collect contact data CoronaVO) on this website.                  

First Meeting
 October 19, 2021



Bewerbung &

The number of participants for this seminar is limited. Applications for the seminar can be send until September 30, 2021 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.

Benutzerspezifische Werkzeuge