Category: Green Finance

S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson discusses the outlook for U.S. green finance in Investment Week

The financing of green infrastructure projects is rising worldwide. And alternative financing tools are piquing the interest of investors, many of whom are increasingly sensitive to climate concerns. Michael Ferguson, Director, U.S. Energy Infrastructure and Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, highlights the expansion of the U.S.’ decarbonisation efforts and how green bonds are used …

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Newly formed S&P Global Ratings Sustainable Finance Team hosts media reception

On 17 April 2018, S&P Global Ratings marked the launch of its Sustainable Finance team. At a reception in central London, the team, which includes members from North America, hosted specialist and tier one agencies. The Sustainable Finance Team is a cross-practice, dedicated team of S&P Global Ratings analysts who cover environmental, social and governance …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Peter Kernan and Michael Wilkins consider the effects of climate change on corporate credit ratings

As the damages resulting from global weather trends compound year by year, international credit markets have begun to take climate change more seriously, write Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance, and Peter Kernan, Managing Director, S&P Global Ratings. The article describes how environmental and climate (E&C) risks—as well as opportunities—may affect an entity’s capacity and …

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S&P Global Ratings’ considers the financial risks of climate change for Sustainable City Network

In a joint contribution article, Kurt Forsgren, Ted Chapman and Lisa Schrooer of S&P Global Ratings consider the U.S. municipal market’s credit exposure to weather-related and natural catastrophes – and how this is increasingly being considered through the lens of climate change. They argue that, while the effect of climate change on municipal issuer ratings …

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In EnviroLine, S&P Global Ratings’ Nicole Martin talks Climate disclosure, credit ratings and Canada  

Writing for EnviroLine, Nicole Martin, Senior Director at S&P Global Ratings, argues that widespread, comprehensive, systematic disclosure can serve to support more consistent and transparent analysis of climate-related risks. In turn, this allows all stakeholders to better understand both the long- and short-term consequences of climate change for the financial markets. Read the full article …

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Writing for the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) Blog, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins considers the link between green finance and climate reporting

Ambitious climate objectives have created the impetus for some US$90 trillion to be targeted for global sustainable development investment before 2030. Yet a critical question remains: “Where will the money come from?” Michael Wilkins argues that increased visibility of environmental risk should enable higher levels of capital for sustainable infrastructure. And that – given the …

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In Business Green, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson argues for a clearer year ahead for the green finance market in the U.S.

The American green bond market has been stepping up. U.S. municipal issuance alone accounted for 34 per cent of the global sub-sovereign issuance, and included 10 first-time issuers, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI). Writing for Business Green, Michael Ferguson, Director at S&P Global Ratings, considers how this expansion of the marketplace could just …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins discusses the diversification of the green finance market in Responsible Investor

Writing for Responsible Investor, Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, considers the changing nature of the green finance market. While it continues to be led by the green bond, new financing vehicles – such as green securitisation and green sukuk – may help address climate change, while meeting infrastructure and energy …

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S&P Global Ratings writes for the GGKP Insights Blog on the many types of green financing (not just bonds)

There are three key green financing trends to consider in 2018, writes Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings, for the UN’s Green Growth Knowledge Platform’s (GGKP) Insights Blog. These are: an expanding sovereign green bond market; diversification of the green finance market (through new financing tools, not just green bonds); and a …

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Writing for the CUSP Blog, S&P Global Ratings looks at green financing for mitigation and adaptation projects

Sustainable infrastructure is key to the low-carbon transition, argues Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings in a blog contribution for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). Infrastructure can both mitigate the effects of climate change and help protect communities from its effects. In both cases, this works to …

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