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Climate & Earth

Our objective is to train 100% of our students and executive education participants on energy transition and sustainability challenges and pathways, in alignment with the U.N Sustainable Development Goals.

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Below is a selection of the main programs, tracks and specializations covering the topics of business and climate change, energy and ecological transition.

All HEC students follow a curriculum on purpose-linked topics. The students entering HEC take our 200-hour mandatory course in Purpose & Sustainability throughout their school curriculum, including 100 hours on the theme of purpose and 100 hours on sustainability

Discover the "Purpose and Sustainability Track"

This Master is designed as an innovative learning ecosystem that will equip students with up-to-date knowledge, practices, methods, leadership skills, and the mindset necessary to rethink, innovate, and shape sustainable business in the world of tomorrow.

Its learning goals:

  • Provide students with knowledge about and skills to apply up-to-date tools for doing sustainable business worldwide
  • Enable students to challenge existing practices in a constructive and solution-oriented manner
  • Empower students to be leadership role models
  • Encourage students to strive for economic and social impact
  • Assist students in designing their individual meaningful career path

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The Energy and Finance Certificate is designed for students who have a strong interest in the economics of energy, energy-related financial issues, and climate change or who are willing to move to these sectors for a career.

  • Energy

Fundamentals of Oil, Gas, Coal & Power
Physical & Technological Constraints of Energy

  • Finance

Financing of Energy Infrastructures
Energy Contracts
Energy Trading: financial commodity markets
Carbon Finance: physical and financial carbon markets

  • Climate Change Issues & Greentechs Development

The evidence of climate change
Climate policies
Greentechs development and strategies

  • Energy Strategies

Corporate Strategy in Energy and in Energy Sensitive Industries
Energy Regional Issues and Government Policies
IOCs, NOCs, Power Companies, Utilities, Equipments Suppliers

Energy Strategy issues are covered by evening conferences delivered by senior executives or prominent personalities in the world of energy.

Discover the Energy and Finance Certificate

In this program, the sutends will also have an understanding of how corporations are all affected by climate change and how their access to capital markets and their ratings are being impacted and challenged by new energy business models and socio-economic shifts.

The Summer School program includes interactive lectures, class exercises and tutoring sessions corresponding to case studies that participants address in groups and defend at the end of the course.
Upon successful completion of the summer program, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Command global and regional resources/energy issues across the various segments of the value chain; 
  • Understand international and national energy & climate policies, including carbon taxation and carbon trading systems;
  • Gain insight into the economics of new energy sources, including decentralization and digitization of energy systems, renewable capacity development, wind and solar energy contracts and regulations;
  • Understand  Positive Impact Finance, including new financing mechanisms and the new business model of the finance industry;
  • Understand  the new disclosure obligations from companies in the face of ESG Rating Agencies and the management of environmental and social risks.

Discover the Business & Climate Change" Summer School

Enormous challenges and deep transformations such as global warming, changing global powers, resource depletion and technological disruptions are shaping what businesses can and cannot do. As a result, developing radically innovative, sustainable and impactful business models is becoming an increasingly central preoccupation for executives whose expertise in sustainability is more and more valued by firms.

The Sustainable and Disruptive Innovation Specialization addresses this preoccupation. It empowers you to become a game-changer by providing the tools and the mindset to implement changes in business and innovation. The specialization opens a wide range of opportunities in fields such as consulting and impact investing, as well as in more traditional fields and high-impact industries such as energy and cleantech.

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CDL Climate is a new stream that will coordinate entrepreneurs, scientists, mentors, and investors in a structured process to increase the probability of success for high impact and scalable solutions targeted towards climate change challenges. The first session kickstarts in October 2020 with 25 climate-focused recruited startups, with a focus on continental Europe and Africa.

The eight-month early-stage program for science and tech-based companies revolves around five objective-setting sessions designed to enhance the performance of tech leaders through intense interactions with seasoned entrepreneurs. CDL takes no equity and charges no fees - it is funded through philanthropy as well as public and private-sector partnerships.

CDL Climate focuses on innovation areas such as renewable/alternative energy, power storage, infrastructure, transportation, carbon/methane sequestration, select water, ocean and food initiatives aligned with climate solutions, and geo-engineering. The stream operates from CDL-Paris (HEC Paris) and CDL-West (Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia).

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Master's programs

A successful strategy today hinges upon energy markets and prices. We will offer you the energy background that is needed irrespective of your career path. 


Jean-Michel Gauthier

Academic Director

The Future of Energy Summer Program

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Summer school

This is a great program for anyone who’s interested in better understanding the forces underpinning our modern economy, and how those dynamics are changing in the 21st century 

Spanning a wide range of topics, this class is perfect for anyone...


Nicolas Maiarelli

Summer School

Business and Climate Change

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