Category Archive: Infrastructure Finance

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 Global Ratings contributes to the FT Adviser’s Infrastructure Series

Mar Beltran, Senior Director, contributed to the FT Adviser’s special report entitled “How retail investors are getting into infrastructure”. The four-part series looks at how infrastructure stocks perform compared to other equity markets, the yield opportunities in infrastructure, the regions most likely to benefit from increased spending and whether investors should be positioned in domestic …

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Green is the Colour: Miroslav Petkov, S&P Global Ratings, quoted in World Finance

Miroslav Petkov, Head of Environmental and Climate Risk Research at S&P Global Ratings, talks to World Finance about the global development of the green bond market and how increasing standards in China saw issuance boom in 2016. The thorough, investigative article was included in the latest World Finance print edition.



Latin American airports are flying high, says S&P’s Candela Macchi in InfraLatinAmerica

  Between 2006 and 2016, air traffic surged across Latin American nations; the average growth rate was triple the region’s GDP growth. This caused several airports in the region to reach maximum levels of capacity sooner than originally projected – and intensified calls for airport extension and upgrades. In an article for InfraLatinAmerica, S&P Global …

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The North American water sector is ready for a financing shakeup, writes S&P’s Trevor D’Olier-Lees for Water Canada

Financing improvements to North America’s water network is a gargantuan task—one that has ascended the public sector’s ability to handle alone. While the recent public health crisis in Flint, Michigan, cast a spotlight on water quality issues in the region, financing the upgrading and maintenance of aging systems remains a burden. Writing for Water Canada, S&P …

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Solvency II amendment is unlikely to ease insurer involvement in infrastructure investment, says S&P Global Ratings

According to S&P Global Ratings, updated capital rules for EU infrastructure investments are “unlikely” to have a meaningful impact on insurers’ capital allocations to the asset class. A delegated regulation (introduced in June 2017) reduces the risk calibration for qualifying infrastructure corporates by 25% compared to the standard formula. But Mar Beltran, S&P Global Ratings’ …

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A larger pipeline of projects is needed for EFSI 2.0 to fulfil its objectives, says S&P’s Mar Beltran in Partnerships Bulletin

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is currently preparing for the second round of its investment programme, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (known as EFSI 2.0). Building upon progress made in its first round, EFSI 2.0 introduces a number of operational improvements to ease investments into European infrastructure programmes. Speaking to Partnerships Bulletin, Mar Beltran, …

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Green bonds see blue: S&P’s Ted Chapman writes for Water Canada

In 2016, the number of green bond issuances doubled to US$83 billion — boosted by China’s US$36 billion of new issuances, and raising the total outstanding green bond debt to approximately US$200 billion. With issuance in 2017 on track to exceed expectations, the green marketplace is increasingly seeing bonds that are issued to fund water-related …

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Easing infrastructure finance flows: S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees and Mar Beltran write for BRINK NEWS

There’s no denying that underinvestment in infrastructure can have deleterious effects upon a country’s trade and economic competitiveness. But, equally, the challenges of financing capital-intensive infrastructure projects from public funds – and without compromising fiscal targets – are only heightening. The question, therefore, is: What tools are available that can ease financing for urgently-required infrastructure …

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