Category: Credit Ratings

S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins discusses the effects of enhanced disclosure of climate risks and opportunities for Investment Europe 

As evidenced by natural catastrophes – such as earthquakes, storms and floods – environmental and climate risk is non-diversifiable and systemic. With this in mind, the integration of environmental and climate (E&C) concerns into corporate credit ratings is of rising importance to investors, lenders and insurers. But market participants still require comparable and consistent climate-related …

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In The Financial, S&P Global Ratings’ Jessica Williams explains the impact of climate risk on credit ratings

In a recent report on the incorporation of environmental and climate (E&C) factors into global corporate credit ratings, S&P Global Ratings has noted two new trends: the growing numbers of positive rating actions in relation to E&C influences, and the increasing references to E&C factors in our analyses. Writing for The Financial, Jessica Williams, the …

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The “Big Six” set to weather the storm: S&P writes for Energy Voice about the impact of future energy tariff caps

During her speech to the Conservative Party conference on October 4th, Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to cap standard variable tariffs (SVT) to boost energy competition in the UK. Beatrice de Taisne, director for EMEA Utilities at S&P Global Ratings, explains that while the “Big Six” – Centrica (British Gas), SSE, EDF, Scottish Power, …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Luisina Berberian considers the promises and challenges of the offshore wind industry in specialist publication

Writing for Windpower Engineering and Development, Luisina Berberian, Associate Director, explains that enhanced technology is driving down the cost of offshore wind power. In the U.K, for example, where the offshore wind industry is relatively advanced, the cost of energy generation from offshore wind projects has fallen by 32% over the past five years. Elsewhere, …

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SRI Connect interviews Michael Wilkins on S&P Global Ratings’ sustainability engagements

Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Environmental & Climate Risk Research, speaks to SRI Connect about the likely future trends in sustainable finance, including the rating agency’s sustainability engagement and increased focus ESG factors. “There is growing momentum in the fight against climate change on all levels and across the world”, he says, “demonstrated by China’s notable …

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S&P talks to Handelsbanken about the connection between credit and ESG risk

Talking to Handelsbanken, Marcus Nystedt, Director, explains how he is increasingly aware of the growing attention to, and materiality of, environmental and climate risk for the creditworthiness of corporates and financial services. Moreover, having released a new Green Evaluation tool in the spring of 2017, Nystedt discusses its aggregate scoring mechanism and S&P’s increasing presence …

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S&P Global Ratings publishes its Q2 2017 Infrastructure Outlook newsletter

S&P Global Ratings has published its latest edition of IFR Outlook – reviewing the developments from the global infrastructure sectors in the second quarter. The edition’s lead feature analyses the consequences of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change. S&P’s Director, U.S. Energy Infrastructure, Michael Ferguson, argues that …

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America’s trillion-dollar challenge: S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees writes for Infrastructure Intelligence

Infrastructure in the US needs trillions of dollars of investment for repairs and renewal. Pressure will only mount as disruptive technology increases in scope and the need to be environmentally sustainable rises up the agenda. In a feature for Infrastructure Intelligence, Trevor D’Olier-Lees, senior director at S&P Global Ratings, outlines the state of a selection of American …

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S&P Global Ratings assesses the outlook for American generators post-withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

Earlier this month, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 UN Paris Agreement on climate change. Signalling a hiatus for the country’s decarbonisation efforts, the move reverberated not only across America but through the world. In light of the unprecedented withdrawal, S&P Global Ratings has published its report, “Withdrawal …

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S&P Global Ratings’ report discusses the boom in offshore wind projects as technology improves and costs fall – covered by specialist press

In Europe, investment in the offshore wind industry has grown at an annual average rate of 30% in the past five years. Elsewhere – such as in the Americas and China – the industry is striving to follow Europe’s lead. But first these regions must overcome a raft of barriers, namely technological concerns, regulatory issues, and …

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