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Introduction to Sustainable Finance Taxonomies

1 Days
Programme Area
Climate Change
Event Focal Point Email
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Sustainable Banking and Finance Network
Public – by registration
Mode of Delivery
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This course is aimed primarily at policymakers, including key ministerial staff, regulators, central bankers, capital market authorities and their advisors, who are interested in learning how to set up and develop sustainable finance taxonomies. By outlining the core elements and use cases of taxonomies, the course also provides important information for the real economy, including financial and non-financial companies that may need to report on the taxonomy alignment of their business activities in the future.

We hope that this course creates a clear understanding of sustainable finance taxonomies and aids in their development worldwide. Please note that this area is dynamic and continuously evolving, and this content is current as of December 2022. We recommend users to access this e-learning with a stable internet connection.

This e-learning course provides technical knowledge that will help you understand what sustainable finance taxonomies are, how they can mobilise capital for sustainability-aligned economic activities, and good development practices that can help ensure they are locally applicable and globally interoperable.

This course achieves the following objectives:

  • Explains sustainable finance taxonomies and their purpose,
  • Shows the real-life application of taxonomies in the EU and China,
  • Illustrates the key principles of taxonomy development and good practices, and
  • Demonstrates how international good practices, combined with national priorities, have been used in the development of taxonomies in South Africa and Colombia.


The course is divided into four modules:

  • Module 1: An overview of sustainable finance taxonomies
  • Module 2: Taxonomies in practice: the EU and China
  • Module 3: Principles of taxonomy development
  • Module 4: Taxonomy development principles in practice: South Africa and Colombia

 Each module contains several lessons and concludes with a quiz.

Completion requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, learners must:

  • Complete all four web-based training modules,
  • Pass the quiz at the end of every module with a minimum of 70%, and
  • Fill in the evaluation questionnaire.