Over 20,000 learners enrolled to increase their skills in climate change and sustainable investing

Written on 07 Apr 2023.

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The Fight Against Climate Change

Addressing climate change decisively demands a significant reallocation of economic resources. While climate change and climate change action will mobilise and impact different economic sectors differently, finance has a pivotal role to play to protect resources and facilitate their strategic deployment. 

Against this backdrop, the Climate Change and Sustainable Investing Specialization offered online by EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute is intended to equip you with a comprehensive overview of climate change and climate change action drawing on climate science, political economy, capital budgeting and corporate financial strategy, and risk and investment management.

This Specialization is available exclusively online through Coursera, the world's largest e-learning platform and consists of four courses:


With research backgrounds in physics, engineering, corporate finance, and quantitative risk and investment management, and professional experience in institutional investment management and corporate valuation and advisory services, EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute researchers and EDHEC Business School faculty members collaborate to provide a holistic view of climate change, climate change action, and the role of finance in climate change adaptation and mitigation:


  • Riccardo Rebonato, Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School, and Scientific Director, EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute

PhD in Science of Materials, Stony Brooks University, NY, USA

Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering, Milan University, Italy

  • Lionel Martellini, Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School, Former Director, EDHEC-Risk Institute

PhD UC Berkley

  • Gianfranco Gianfrate, Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School, and Research Director, EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute

PhD Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

  • Emanuele Chini, PhD in Finance Alumnus, EDHEC Business School, Former Research Engineer, EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute


Global appeal and accessibility

The specialization is designed to cater to a diverse audience sharing an interest in climate change and sustainable finance. While suitable for learners without advanced economics and finance training, it provides additional resources for those with such backgrounds to further explore topics at the intersection of climate change and finance.

The specialization has already attracted 20,000+ learners from 29 countries, with ages ranging from 25 to 65.  About two-thirds of learners have been practicing professionals. The diversity of participants in terms of cultural and academic backgrounds as well as professional experience levels fosters an engaging and inclusive learning environment for participants using the Coursera platform collaborative tools.

But let’s give the last word to some of the testimonials of learners, all available on the Coursera platform.


"Love many examples of calculations and the critical-thinking approach! These are much needed in the debate of climate change today ."

"Long on facts and science and short on opinions... very useful and insightful."

“At last a scientific course on climate change and means to (try to) tackle it."

“The Finance of Climate Change course is a really good basic course involving climate change related financing and risk involved to financing institute, investors etc .Financial resources and sound investments are needed to address climate change, to both reduce emissions, promote adaptation to the impacts.

“Concepts are clearly delivered through videos plus abundant references. It is a must-take course if you are interested in Climate Change and Sustainable Investment.”

“A fantastic overview for non-financial experts on currently on-going climate change finance. Most useful!"


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