Renat Heuberger

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Renat Heuberger
Renat Heuberger

(1976-12-18) 18 December 1976 (age 44)
OccupationCEO, South Pole
Renat Heuberger Co-Founder and CEO of South Pole

Renat Heuberger (born 18 December 1976) is a pioneer in the field of sustainability and climate change. He is co-Founder and CEO of South Pole, a global climate finance leader that helps companies meet their net zero carbon emission targets. He has been engaged as a social entrepreneur in the fields of sustainability, climate change and renewable energies since 1999.

Prior to founding South Pole, Heuberger co-founded and acted as the CEO of the myclimate foundation, one of the world’s first players in the voluntary carbon market space. Supporting a global network of connected communities, Heuberger is considered an authority on climate change, carbon markets and sustainable development and is regularly interviewed in the media.[1][2][3]

Heuberger holds a Master's degree 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 the 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 myclimate's CEO until 2006.

Since founding myclimate in 2002, Heuberger has been an active climate policy and carbon markets advocate. He has also supported the UNFCCC process for over a decade, 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]

As a founding partner and CEO of South Pole, Heuberger coordinated the set-up of the company's global presence, winning the company 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]

Heuberger has been central in helping South Pole grow into a thriving organisation of over 350 employees, with the vision of mobilising finance at scale to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the ambitious targets of the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. South Pole has become a well-known advisor to governments, businesses and capital markets on climate policy, sustainable supply chains and climate risks and opportunities.

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 InnoSuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Impact Hub Zurich,[20] 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.


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  2. ^ "News Story - Argus Media". Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  3. ^ Nikolova, Anja (2016-07-20). "The rise of results-based climate finance". GreenBiz. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  4. ^ World Student Community for Sustainable Development | WSCSD
  5. ^ "ETH Seed Sustainability". Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  6. ^ Renat Heuberger | World Economic Forum - Renat Heuberger
  7. ^ ETH - AGS - Welcome
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  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
  12. ^ "Ecosystem Marketplace - South Pole Carbon Asset Management". Archived from the original on 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
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  16. ^ Bloomberg App Portal PDF And Ebook Files - DocsFiles
  17. ^ "South Pole Group completes incubation cycle and sells investment climate data advisory unit to ISS". South Pole Group. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  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
  20. ^ The HUB Zürich |

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