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Renat Heuberger
Renat Heuberger (2014)
Renat Heuberger

(1976-12-18) 18 December 1976 (age 47)
Occupation(s)CEO, South Pole

Renat Heuberger (born 18 December 1976) is the co-founder and Senior Adviser of South Pole, a carbon finance consultancy. He was CEO until resigning on 10 November, 2023. He has been engaged as a social entrepreneur in the fields of sustainability, climate change and renewable energies since 1999.

Before founding South Pole, Heuberger co-founded and acted as the CEO of the myclimate foundation.[1][2][3]

Heuberger holds a Master's in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and completed the Social Entrepreneur Programme, ISEP, at INSEAD and Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

Professional life[edit]

After working for development organisation Swisscontact in Indonesia, Heuberger co-founded the World Student Community on Sustainable Development,[4] as well as platform for interdisciplinary projects Seed Sustainability.[5] In 2002, he founded[6] the Swiss myclimate foundation, a non-profit climate protection organisation that was inspired by a successful initiative to compensate the greenhouse emissions of flights of attendees at the annual meeting of the Alliance for Global Sustainability[7] in Costa Rica. Heuberger acted as my-climate's CEO until 2006.

He has also supported the UNFCCC process regularly chairing and presenting at official side events on topics such as "Sustainable CDM - Best Practice" at CoP 11/MoP 1 of the UNFCCC in Montreal[8] and "What has carbon trade taught us about ecological markets?" at CoP 16/MoP 6 of the UNFCCC Cancun Summit.[9] Heuberger presented his Shifting Fortunes insight at the 2013 WEF in Davos.[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]

South Pole won the title of Best Project Developer in a peer-voted industry ranking by Environmental Finance between 2011-17[11] and enabling the first-ever issuance of Gold Standard certificates, the first issuance of SOCIALCARBON-certified carbon credits in Southeast Asia [12] and, with his colleague Christian Dannecker, the first Voluntary Carbon Standard forestry project in South America.[13][14]

Heuberger has also initiated with colleague Maximilian Horster the first climate credit card in Switzerland[15] and the first carbon screener application on the Bloomberg Terminal that allows investors and asset managers to calculate the carbon footprint of every investable company around the world.[16] The investment carbon footprinting business was successfully incubated and later sold to a large financial industry player, ISS, in 2017.[17]

Positions of trust[edit]

Heuberger was elected Swiss Social Entrepreneur 2011 by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation, along with Christoph Sutter,[18] and received the sustainability award in 2013 by the Zurich Cantonal Bank (ZKB).[19] In 2014, Heuberger was elected as Member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change of the World Economic Forum.

Heuberger currently serves as a board member of Climate-KIC, Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership on climate change and is a member of the Innovation Council of [20] InnoSuisse] the Swiss Innovation Agency. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Impact Hub Zurich,[21] a platform for social entrepreneurship, and a member of the Expert Network of the World Economic Forum.


  • Heuberger R: “Mexico’s Clean Development Mechanism Potential”, Mexico Energy & Sustainability Review, p. 216 ff., 2014
  • Heuberger R: “Transparenz im Strommarkt – wie kann die Marktliberalisierung zur Energiewende beitragen?” aus Tobias Reichmuth (Hrsg.) 2014: die Finanzierung der Energiewende in der Schweiz. Bestandsaufnahme, Massnahmen, Investitionsmöglichkeiten. NZZ Libro: Zürich, S. 69 f., 2014
  • Heuberger R.: 'Der globale CO2-Handel nach der Klimakonferenz in Cancun, Umweltrecht in der Praxis' URP 2010 365, S. 821 f., 2010
  • Heuberger Renat, Brent Alan, Santos, Luis, Sutter Christoph, Imboden Dieter, "CDM Projects under the Kyoto Protocol: A Methodology for Sustainability Assessment – Experiences from South Africa and Uruguay", "Environment, development and sustainability : a multidisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of sustainable development", Springer, doi:10.1007/s10668-005-9002-7, 2007.
  • Heuberger R, Thomas F, "Quality standards for micro-climate protection projects""Qualitäts-Standards für Mikro-Klimaschutz-Projekte", Umwelt-Fokus, 2004.
  • Renat Heuberger, Alan Brent, Luis Santos, Christoph Sutter, Dieter Imboden, "Evaluating projects that are potentially eligible for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) funding in the South African context: A case study to establish weighting values for sustainable development criteria", ETH, doi:10.3929/ethz-a-004498711, 2003.


  1. ^ Levin, Bess. "Trump Unleashes Inner Car Salesman on Davos Elite". The Hive. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ "News Story - Argus Media". www.argusmedia.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  3. ^ Nikolova, Anja (20 July 2016). "The rise of results-based climate finance". GreenBiz. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  4. ^ World Student Community for Sustainable Development | WSCSD
  5. ^ "ETH Seed Sustainability". Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  6. ^ Renat Heuberger | World Economic Forum - Renat Heuberger
  7. ^ ETH – AGS – Welcome
  8. ^ Daily Programme unfccc.int
  9. ^ IISD RS @ Cancún Climate Change Conference - Side Events, 29 November - 10 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
  10. ^ Shifting Fortunes: Towards a New Climate Framework? | World Economic Forum - Shifting Fortunes: Towards a New Climate Framework?
  11. ^ "Carbon offsetting and the social entrepreneur | GSF". Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  12. ^ "Ecosystem Marketplace - South Pole Carbon Asset Management". Archived from the original on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  13. ^ Planting native tree species thesouthpolegroup.com [dead link]
  14. ^ Asorpar southpolecarbon.com [dead link]
  15. ^ Report climatecreditcard.ch [dead link]
  16. ^ "None". Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  17. ^ "South Pole Group completes incubation cycle and sells investment climate data advisory unit to ISS". South Pole Group. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  18. ^ Christoph Sutter and Renat Heuberger awarded as Swiss Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2011 | World Economic Forum - Christoph Sutter and Renat Heuberger awarded as Swiss Soci... Archived 2013-03-19 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "ZKB - KMU-Preis". Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  20. ^ "Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Agency".
  21. ^ "The HUB Zürich |". Retrieved 6 January 2024.

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