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Introduction to Renewables Financing

2 Part Course  |  Overview of the global renewable energy market and the regulatory, financing and investment landscape.

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A one-day course presented in two half-day live webinars

  • Expert insights on the renewable energy sector and the financing and investment landscape, which are usually studied as separate topics
  • Clear definitions of renewables finance and sustainability-related issues, and their implications in the real world
  • Thorough market research & review of regulation and its implications
  • Practical insights on renewable energy policy for financiers and investors, based on international experience
  • Highly interactive sessions, with online polls to drive discussion, quizzes on key topics, and short videos for class discussion

  • Gain an understanding of the key concepts related to renewables finance
  • Gain familiarity with the global renewable energy market, its key players, technology & outlook
  • Review the risks and opportunities facing the renewables energy sector
  • Review global regulation and consider the impacts of policy shifts on the private sector
  • Explore the risks & impacts of transitioning to renewable energy
  • Explore the finance and investment landscape of the renewable energy sector
  • Become familiar with the financing structures used in renewables financing
  • Work through a case study on carbon credits

Part One

The global renewable energy market

  • Key concepts
    • What are renewables?
    • Renewable versus dirty energy
    • What is sustainable financing and investment?
    • Greentech and cleantechs, and how green are they?
  • Market size & dynamics
    • Global energy usage & share of renewables
    • Shifting market dynamics & the changing energy balance
    • Leading sectors, companies & innovators in renewable energy
    • Outlook for renewable energy demand & opportunities for investment
    • Renewables as an asset class

Renewable energy technologies

  • Overview of key technologies used in the renewables sector. Each will include a summary of the technology & its user cases, the key risks and opportunities, and examples of projects and investments deploying this technology:
    • Solar energy
    • Wind energy
    • Hydro energy
    • Tidal energy
    • Geothermal energy
    • Biomass energy
    • New technologies in development
  • Case Study 1: Large-scale solar farm project

Regulatory & risk environment

  • Regulatory landscape for renewables
  • Global policy shifts
    • UN Sustainable Development Goals
    • Paris Agreement & NDCs
    • Global green finance policy agenda
  • Risk landscape for the renewables sector
  • Transition risks, including carbon taxes, changing consumer sentiment, cost of converting from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources, climate change
  • Other considerations for the private sector, including reporting & compliance
  • Case Study 2: Environmental concerns around the hydroelectric project

Part Two

Financing & investing in the global renewables sector

  • Size & dynamics of the renewables finance market
  • Key financing institutions
    • Asset managers and pension funds
    • Banks
    • Governments
    • Development financial institutions
    • Non-bank financial institutions
    • Fintechs
  • Challenges
    • Key social risks associated with different types of renewable energy
    • Governance risks: oversight and alignment of interests
  • Opportunities
    • National commitments to “net zero”
    • Renewables as a new asset class
  • Case Study 3: Carbon credits

Types of renewables financing & investment

  • Financing vehicles & instruments, including:
    • Debt, including bonds, short-term working capital, long-term loans
    • Equity for expansion and listings
    • Green Bonds
    • Sustainability-linked bonds
    • Capital raising for listings, investment & acquisitions
    • Project finance, including large-scale infrastructure investment
    • Off-balance-sheet financing
    • Fintech
    • Non-bank financial institutions
    • Investment platforms
  • The role of insurance in renewables financing
  • Case Study 4: Green bonds

Wrap up

  • Final quiz & class discussion
  • Key takeaways
  • Additional material & content

The trainer is a thought leader, strategic advisor and professional trainer specializing in emerging markets, international supply chains and sustainability issues. With experience in fixed income, commodities financing, syndicated loans, fintech and agritech, he brings a wide range of experience in some of the most dynamic areas of banking. He has worked with international banks, multilateral financing institutions, hedge funds, and investment funds across the globe, and with multinational corporations that have operations in Africa. The trainer has extensive experience as a presenter, lecturer and trainer, both through his work in banking and as a speaker on the international conference and webinar circuit. He has delivered professional training on a diverse range of topics, including structured commodity finance (for Afreximbank in Egypt and Kenya), the African fintech landscape, sustainable finance and the impact of ESG issues on international trade and supply chains. He has been a guest lecturer at King’s College London (KCL), SOAS, the Chicago Booth School of Business and the Hult International Business School, presenting on fintech in emerging markets and the intersection between disruptive technology and sustainability. He also appears regularly in the press and media as a commentator on issues related to African markets, international trade, commodities, fintech and ESG. Prior to setting up his firm, Kleos Advisory Ltd, in 2019, he was Head of Research at pan-African bank, Ecobank, where he oversaw a team of a dozen analysts spread across the bank’s African footprint who produced research on fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) for the bank and its clients. He was also head of the bank’s UK Representative Office in London, which included the bank’s teams managing relationships with multinationals and international organisations such as the World Bank and World Vision. Prior to working at Ecobank, he was a Senior Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), covering nine African countries and 25 commodities, divided between industrial raw materials and food, feedstuffs and beverages. The trainer holds a First Class BA in Hispanic Studies (Spanish & Portuguese) and a PhD in political science, both from the University of Bristol. He also has a Certificate in Economics from Birkbeck University and has undertaken various trainings in structured commodity finance and global supply chains. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish and trains in all three languages.

Renewable energy is a rapidly expanding sector, and as its demand for financing and investment grows, new approaches are being developed to meet it. The sector is directly linked to sustainability standards which require a different approach to assessing and managing risk. This can make working in renewables financing a challenge, and this course aims to give students the information and practical skills they need to navigate the sector. The course is divided into two half-days. Part 1 is a broad overview of the global renewable energy market, exploring the dynamics driving the sector, the key players, risks, challenges & opportunities, and the regulatory and risk landscape. Part 2 looks at financing and investing in renewable energy, with exploration of key players, financing structures and risk management. The course includes a short quiz at the start and end of Part 2 and a discussion of a case study on carbon credits.

  • The overall overview of renewable technologies and their current usage was good
  • The supporting presentations were very good which complimented the delivery from the instructor
  • We have clients in the renewables sector and so it has improved my knowledge and understanding to be able to effectively work with those clients.
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