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Capacity building to unlock private finance for green energies: RENAC's Green Banking programme now launched for the MENA region

New Green Banking MENA programme prepares to enhance investment opportunities in the renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia

Berlin, Germany, 6th December 2018

The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), an international training provider for green energy technologies, announces the start of the scholarship application phase for one of the trainings under its 18-month programme “Green Banking MENA - Capacity Building on Green Energy and Climate Finance”. The programme comprises a total of three training courses, a Train-the-Trainer seminar, an Applying Green Energy Finance Programme and an Online Training. The main objective of the programme is to sustainably improve capacity for renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) financing options in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

The agreement signed in Paris during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) is proof of the key role renewable energy and energy efficiency play in international climate change mitigation efforts. While green markets keep gaining momentum, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia enjoy the necessary natural resources for widespread implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Local professionals with the appropriate know-how will be able to profit from new business opportunities in a growing industry, which additionally presents manifold benefits (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, energy security and job creation, among many others).

Currently, RE and EE projects face substantial blocks to external financing from banks, which is usually characterized by high interest rates. The trainings are intended to tackle these circumstances. Through the “Green Banking MENA” programme, professionals from private and public financial institutions involved or interested in financing green energy projects will gain specific knowledge in technologies, financial schemes, risk evaluation, mitigation measures and international climate finance options. Interested professionals from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia can apply here until 15 January 2019 for the first part of the scholarship programme, the Train-the-Trainer seminar at RENAC’s Training Centre in Berlin, Germany.

“Green Banking MENA” is a scholarship programme as part of the project DIAPOL-CE - Policy dialogue and knowledge management on low emissions development strategies in the MENA region. DIAPOL-CE is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) within the German International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by GIZ.

Since 2015, RENAC’s award-winning Green Banking programme has been successfully implemented in South-East Asia and is now being transferred to other regions, such as MENA. To ensure that the content of the programme meets local requirements, capacity needs assessment trips took place in winter 2017 in cooperation with the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE). “The Green Banking Train-the-Trainer seminar is a great opportunity to learn from one of the world’s top renewable energy countries as well as obtain efficient didactical methods”, said Nguyen Thi Cam Tu of Vietnam Public Joint Stock Commercial Bank, who participated in the scholarship programme in Vietnam. In addition to the Train-the-Trainer seminar at RENAC’s Training Centre in Berlin to build up local trainers, the programme’s activities include a face-to-face training in the partner countries and an online training.


About RENAC
The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) based in Berlin, Germany, is one of the leading international providers for training and capacity building in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since 2008, more than 10,000 participants from over 140 countries have joined RENAC’s training programmes. For further information, please visit www.renac.de. Interested professionals can apply here until 15 January 2019.


Contact
Renewables Academy AG (RENAC)
Volker Jaensch
Project Director Green Banking

jaensch@renac.de
+49 (0)30 526 895 885
www.renac.de

RENAC and IFC partner to green the banking sector in Latin America and the Caribbean

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 12th November 2018

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), an international training provider for green energy technologies, today signed a cooperation agreement to support green banking in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at the Federation of Latin American Banks’ (FELABAN) Annual Assembly in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The main objective of the cooperation is to support the green transformation of banking in LAC towards a greener business model that mitigates challenges from climate change and that fosters green business opportunities.

Insufficient knowledge about climate-related challenges and opportunities is the main barrier to developing greener banks as concluded by the 2017 “IFC-Green Finance Latin American Survey”, replied by 25% of all LAC commercial banks. The IFC-RENAC alliance focuses on providing educational programs to train bankers in the economic and financial aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

RENAC, a leading international provider of training and capacity building in renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE), will integrate its “Green Banking - Capacity Building for Green Energy and Climate Finance Program” into the knowledge offering of the newly established IFC-GBAC (Green Banking Academy). “We are proud to be part of this initiative,” says Berthold Breid, CEO of the Renewables Academy. “The partnership supports our mission to promote new business opportunities in growing green markets.”

IFC-GBAC (Green Banking Academy) is a knowledge initiative to accelerate the green transformation of banking, strengthen its business and contribute to a more sustainable world. The IFC-GBAC academic platform will offer knowledge, sensitization and capacity building programs customized to bank staff’s different profiles and roles. IFC officially launched its IFC-GBAC at today’s FELABAN’s 52nd Annual Assembly.

RENAC’s Green Banking Program, a scholarship program funded by the German International Climate Initiative (IKI) with support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), has been successfully implemented in South-East Asia since 2015. Its various training formats include online trainings and delegation tours as well as the face-to-face trainings “Applying Green Energy Finance”, “Green Energy Finance Specialist” and train-the-trainer seminars. “RENAC, with proven results in its Green Energy and Climate Finance training program, fits very well into the value proposition of our newly created IFC-GBAC (Green Banking Academy),” says Peer Stein, Global Head of Climate Finance at IFC Financial Institutions Group. The cooperation with IFC-GBAC and its partners, including FELABAN, now fosters the implementation of RENAC’s Green Banking Program in Latin America.

With this cooperation agreement, RENAC and IFC are taking further steps towards their goal of increasing the availability and use of financing instruments for renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) projects by increasing the willingness of financial institutions to participate in RE and EE financing, and ultimately, of contributing to climate change mitigation.

The eligible countries under RENAC’s scholarship Green Banking Program are: Perú, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Financial industry professionals wishing to learn more about IFC-GBAC (Green Banking Academy) should write in to greenbankingacademy@ifc.org.

For further information on RENAC’s Green Banking Program, please visit RENAC’s website.
For further information on other IFC projects in the region, please visit IFC’s website.

About IFC
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. IFC works with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using IFC’s capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, IFC delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org

About RENAC
The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) based in Berlin, Germany, is one of the leading international providers for training and capacity building in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since 2008, more than 10,000 participants from over 140 countries have joined RENAC’s training programs. For more information, visit www.renac.de

Contact
Katharina Hartmann
Project Manager Green Banking
hartmann@renac.de
+49 (0)30 526 895 895
www.renac.de

RENAC y IFC se asocian para enverdecer el sector bancario en América Latina y el Caribe

Punta Cana, República Dominicana, 12 de Noviembre 2018

La Corporación Financiera Internacional (IFC), miembro del Grupo del Banco Mundial y la Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), proveedor internacional de formación en tecnologías de energía verde, firmaron hoy un acuerdo de cooperación para apoyar la banca verde en América Latina y el Caribe (LAC) en la Asamblea Anual de la Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos (FELABAN) en Punta Cana, República Dominicana. El objetivo principal de la cooperación es apoyar la transformación de la banca en LAC hacia un modelo de negocio más verde que mitigue los desafíos del cambio climático y fomente las oportunidades de negocio verde.

La falta de conocimiento acerca de los desafíos y oportunidades relacionados con el clima es la principal barrera para convertirse en bancos más verdes, como concluyó en 2017 la “Encuesta Latinoamericana de Finanzas Verdes - IFC”, a la que respondió el 25% del total de bancos comerciales de América Latina y el Caribe. La alianza IFC-RENAC se centra en proporcionar programas educativos para capacitar a los banqueros en los aspectos económicos y financieros de los proyectos de energía renovable y eficiencia energética.

RENAC, uno de los principales proveedores de entrenamientos y capacitaciones en energía renovable (ER) y eficiencia energética (EE) a nivel internacional, integrará su programa “Green Banking - Formación de Capacidades en Energía Verde y Financiamiento Climático” en la oferta de conocimiento de la recién establecida IFC-GBAC (Green Banking Academy). “Estamos orgullosos de ser parte de esta iniciativa”, dice Berthold Breid, CEO de la Renewables Academy. “La alianza apoya nuestra misión de promover nuevas oportunidades de negocio en mercados verdes en crecimiento.”

IFC-GBAC (Green Banking Academy) es una iniciativa de conocimiento para acelerar la transformación a una banca verde, fortaleciendo su negocio y contribuyendo a un mundo más sostenible. La plataforma académica de IFC-GBAC ofrecerá programas de conocimiento, sensibilización y capacitaciones adaptados a los diferentes perfiles y funciones del personal bancario. IFC lanzó oficialmente su IFC-GBAC hoy, en la 52ª Asamblea Anual de FELABAN.

El Programa Green Banking de RENAC, un programa de becas financiado por la Iniciativa Internacional para la Protección del Clima (IKI) con el apoyo del Ministerio Federal de Medio Ambiente, Protección de la Naturaleza y Seguridad Nuclear (BMU), se ha implementado con éxito en el sudeste asiático desde 2015. Sus diversos formatos de formación incluyen cursos en línea y visitas de delegaciones, así como los cursos presenciales “Aplicando el financiamiento de la energía verde”, “Especialista en Financiamiento de energía verde” y programas de formación docente “Train-the-Trainer”. “RENAC, con resultados comprobados en su programa de capacitación en Energía Verde y Financiamiento Climático, encaja muy bien en la propuesta de valor de nuestra recién creada IFC-GBAC (Green Banking Academy)”, dice Peer Stein, Director Global de Financiamiento Climático del Grupo de Instituciones Financieras de IFC. La cooperación con IFC-GBAC y sus socios, incluyendo FELABAN, fomenta la implementación del Programa Green Banking de RENAC en América Latina.

Con este acuerdo de cooperación, RENAC y IFC están dando un nuevo paso hacia su objetivo de aumentar la disponibilidad y el uso de instrumentos financieros para proyectos de energía renovable (ER) y eficiencia energética (EE), aumentando la voluntad de las instituciones financieras de participar en el financiamiento de las ER y EE y, eventualmente contribuir a la mitigación del cambio climático.

Los países elegibles para la beca del Programa Green Banking de RENAC son: Perú, Colombia, Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala. Los profesionales de la industria financiera que deseen obtener más información sobre IFC-GBAC (Green Banking Academy) por favor contactar greenbankingacademy@ifc.org.

Para más información sobre el Programa Green Banking de RENAC, por favor visite la página web de RENAC.

Para más información sobre otros proyectos de IFC en la región, por favor visite la página web de IFC.

Acerca de IFC
IFC —una organización hermana del Banco Mundial y miembro del Grupo Banco Mundial —es la principal institución internacional de desarrollo dedicada al sector privado en mercados emergentes. Junto a más de 2.000 empresas en todo el mundo, utilizamos nuestro capital, experiencia e influencia para crear oportunidades donde más se necesitan. En el año fiscal 2018, nuestro financiamiento a largo plazo en países en desarrollo ascendió a más de $23 mil millones de dólares, aprovechando el poder del sector privado para terminar con la pobreza extrema e impulsar la prosperidad compartida. Para obtener más información, visita www.ifc.org.

Acerca de RENAC
La Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) basada en Berlín, Alemania, es uno de los principales proveedores de entrenamientos y capacitaciones en energía renovable y eficiencia energética a nivel internacional. Desde 2008, más de 10.000 participantes de más de 140 países se han unido a los programas de formación de RENAC. Para obtener más información, visita www.renac.de.

Contacto
Katharina Hartmann
Project Manager Green Banking
hartmann@renac.de
+49 (0)30 526 895 895
www.renac.de

 

 

 

 

Moving forward: MBA Renewables alumni discuss “Perspectives of Renewable Power Generation for On-grid and Off-grid Power Supply” at the 2nd Alumni Conference

Berlin, 8th May 2018

Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin and the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) are organising the second MBA Renewables Alumni Conference, which takes place from 6 to 10 June in Berlin (Germany). Backed with expertise on economic, financial and legal aspects, MBA Renewables former students from 21 countries will discuss “Perspectives of Renewable Power Generation for On-grid and Off-grid Power Supply”. The Alumni Conference enables exchange and international networking during the various seminars, practical exercises and field trips.

Energy transition processes towards green energy require the combination of different renewable energy technologies for on-grid and off-grid power supply. MBA Renewables graduates constitute a multicultural group of experts with diverse focuses on the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields, thus making the Alumni Conference an excellent platform for discussion. Moreover, this year MBA Renewables has reached the milestone of having 75 graduates.

I decided to participate in the holistic MBA Renewables to enhance my skills and, most of all, to formalise my practical experience gained during my daily work”, explained Jens Hauser, MBA Renewables 75th Graduate and energy expert at Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The certificate of an acknowledged higher education facility such as Beuth University of Applied Science clearly proves my renewable energy skills and illustrates my expertise.”

The distance learning programme MBA Renewables is designed to equip future leaders with advanced interdisciplinary management skills for executive positions in the highly globalised market of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Graduates can pursue career paths along the whole green energy value chain, from the private sector to public organisations, financing institutions and consultancies.

Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin offers more than 72 accredited programmes in engineering, science and economics. The Institute of Distance Learning has more than 32 years of experience in higher education.

RENAC, a globally operating expert on training for renewable energies and energy efficiency, serves as a bridge between students and the industry.

The application period for the next MBA Renewables intake ends on 1 September, 2018. For further information, please visit the MBA Renewables website.

The MBA Renewables Alumni Conference is supported by German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD - with funds from the Federal Foreign Office.

Contact:

Elena Cantos
Renewables Academy AG (RENAC)

cantos@renac.de

+49 (0)30 526895870


La Especialización en Energías Renovables recibe acreditación que certifica su compatibilidad con una Maestría europea

San Jose, 2 de mayo 2018

El programa académico de aprendizaje a distancia Especialización en Energías Renovables, ofrecido por la Universiad EARTH de Costa Rica en colaboración con la empresa alemana Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), ha obtenido la certificación del Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN). El objetivo de ACQUIN es apoyar el mantenimiento y la mejora de los estándares de calidad para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje en la educación superior. Por lo tanto, esta certificación confirma la calidad de la Especialización en Energías Renovables, así como su compatibilidad con los créditos europeos a nivel de Maestría.

La Especialización en Energías Renovables es un programa interdisciplinario. Ésta proporciona conocimientos sobre diferentes tecnologías de energías renovables, desarrollo y gestión de proyectos, financiación, mecanismos de apoyo y rentabilidad. Asimismo, una semana de prácticas opcional se lleva a cabo en el campus de la Universidad EARTH en Costa Rica.

La Especialización en Energías Renovables es perfecta para aquéllos interesados en desarrollar una carrera en el sector de las energías renovables. Tanto profesionales del sector público como privado, ingenieros, consultores, comerciantes o empresarios pueden beneficiarse de los contenidos de este programa académico.

La fase presencial permite poner en práctica los conocimientos adquiridos durante el primer cuatrimestre. Según el participante Felipe Alfaro Solís, “la Especialización tiene gran contenido. No sólo se trata de una herramienta teórica y práctica, sino de una gran experiencia de vida. Te carga de conocimientos y de razones. Es una excelente oportunidad”.

RENAC es especialista en la transferencia de conocimiento en energías renovables y eficiencia energética a nivel internacional. Desde 2008, RENAC ha contado con más de 10.000 participantes de 147 países.

Desde 1990, la Universidad EARTH se ha dedicado a formar jóvenes con valores éticos para contribuir al desarrollo sostenible y construir una sociedad próspera y justa. EARTH fue fundada en 1986 como una institución internacional privada, sin fines de lucro, gracias al apoyo del Gobierno de Costa Rica, la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo (USAID) y la Fundación W.K. Kellogg.
El vencimiento del plazo de aplicación para la Especialización finaliza el 15 de agosto de 2018. El curso inicia el 1 de septiembre de 2018.

Para más información, visite este enlace.

Contacto:
Elena Cantos
Head of PR & Marketing
Renewables Academy AG
cantos@renac.de
+49(0)30-526 895 8 - 70


Energy through education! The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) celebrates 10 successful years of disseminating know-how on renewable energy and energy efficiency around the world

Berlin, 22nd March 2018

The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), based in Berlin (Germany), is very proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Since its founding in 2008, RENAC has become an important and innovative provider of international trainings and capacity building for renewable energy and energy efficiency all around the world. More than 10,000 participants from over 140 countries have joined RENAC programmes.

In 2008, Berthold Breid, RENAC’s founder and director, had the dream to support the international development of green energy markets through know-how transfer and exchange of expertise on renewable energy and energy efficiency. “Knowledge is one of the key factors for the sustainable development of clean and secure energy supplies”, said Mr. Breid. “Through our activities, we aim at satisfying the increasing demand for expertise throughout the public sector, private sector, finance sector, and potential investors in the green energy markets. Thanks to our participants, clients, partners, and, of course, the RENAC team, this dream has been possible.”

One of the first big projects was TREE - Transfer Renewable Energy and Efficiency. TREE offered comprehensive training on technical, legal and economic aspects of renewable energy technologies for participants from 90 countries. Since then, RENAC has implemented more than 500 capacity buildings projects worldwide. Some of the many success stories include the design and installation of Training Centres and regional Train-the-Trainer seminars at Wigton Windfarm (Jamaica) as well as at the EARTH University (Costa Rica), the programme Green Banking -Capacity Building on Green Energy and Climate Finance for the finance sector and trainings on grid integration of renewable energy. 

RENAC also offers the academic degrees MBA Renewables -in collaboration with the Beuth University of Applied Sciences - and Especialización en Energías Renovables – together with the Earth University-, as well as a wide variety of face-to-face and online open trainings. Additionally, as consultant for the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, RENAC has organised about 350 events for German companies so far.

Contact:

  • Elena Cantos
  • Renewables Academy AG
  • Head of PR & Marketing
  • cantos@renac.de
  • +49(0)30-526 895 8 - 70

Berlin, 26th February 2018

RENAC’s Green Banking project: Winner of the Innovationspreis für Klima und Umwelt (Innovation Award for Climate and Environment)

The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC)’s project Green Banking - Capacity Building on Green Energy and Climate Finance has been awarded the Innovationspreis für Klima und Umwelt (IKU) by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). The IKU Award honors innovative ideas that protect the climate and the environment while making important contributions to improve the living conditions in different areas.

Green Banking is a three-year scholarship programme that provides capacity building on renewable energy and energy efficiency finance in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Professionals from private and public institutions involved or interested in financing green energy projects gain specific knowledge in technologies, financial schemes, risk evaluation, mitigation measures and access to international Climate Funds. Green Banking is implemented by RENAC within the German International Climate Initiative (IKI) with the support of the BMUB.


The call for applications to participate in the upcoming Green Banking activities in 2018 is open until 31st March 2018. These include a Delegation Tour with Business-to-Business (B2B) meetings in Germany, a Train-the-Trainer seminar at RENAC’s Training Centre in Berlin, as well as the Green Finance Specialist (GFS) programme. GFS delivers in-depth knowledge on green finance topics through a combination of a 20-week online training and a 3-day face-to-face training. The programme achieved accreditation by the renowned Finance Accreditation Agency in December 2017.

The IKU jury is composed by 13 high-profile actors coming from the industry, media, political organisations and research institutions. Their final decision has been based on the profound scientific analysis of the applications conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. Some organisations the jury works for include the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, ZDF, Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology and the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland, among others.

RENAC, based in Berlin, Germany, is a leading international provider for training and capacity building in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

For further information, please visit Green Banking’s website.




CONTACT

Saskia Letz
PR and Marketing
Tel: +49 (0) 30 526 895 894
Fax: +49 (0) 30 526 895 899
Email: letz[at]renac.de