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FINC420 Energy and Carbon Finance

Introduction to energy and carbon finance/markets, placed in their broader energy and environmental policy context.

How can energy system decarbonisation be financed, and how effectively and efficiently are energy and carbon markets functioning? The paper provides a research-led addition to our MFinc programme in an emerging field.

Paper title Energy and Carbon Finance
Paper code FINC420
Subject Finance
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,058.71
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,692.94

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(BSNS 108 or BSNS 114) and (FINC 303 or EMAN 308)
An equivalent paper may be substituted for the FINC 303 or EMAN 308 prerequisite requirement with approval from the Head of Department.
Not required
Course outline
View the course outline for FINC 420
This paper is normally available only for MFinc students.
Teaching staff
Dr Ivan Diaz-Rainey
Paper Structure

  • Energy Policy
  • Environmental Policy and Climate Change
Financing energy decarbonisation
  • Clean energy finance (financing research and development, FITs vs GCM, carbon credits)
  • Investment appraisal of energy technologies: levelised cost of energy (LCOE)
  • Project finance (general introduction and energy specific) (Case 1)
  • Carbon project finance (e.g. clean development mechanism (CDM))
Energy/carbon markets and market issues
  • Carbon markets (New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and EU ETS)
  • Energy markets, speculation debate (Essay) and regulation of energy markets
  • Electricity markets
  • Stranded assets and financial risks from climate change
  • Investment analysis of energy companies (valuation: Case 2)
Teaching Arrangements
  • Two 2-hour lectures per week for 13 weeks
  • Written assignments; essays and two case studies
  • Final exam
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical Thinking, Self-Motivation, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
  • Understand the complex interrelationships between finance and energy/environmental policy
  • Gain an understanding of how energy and carbon markets function
  • Be able to use finance techniques and theory to make energy finance/investment decisions
  • Explore the latest methods and approaches for doing empirical research in energy and carbon finance

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41