Category: Infrastructure Finance

S&P Global Ratings publishes its latest quarterly newsletter, Infrastructure Finance Outlook

S&P Global Ratings has published its latest edition of Infrastructure Finance Outlook – the quarterly newsletter reviewing the global infrastructure sectors’ key new stories. Amid a raft of regulatory and technological disruption, many segments of the infrastructure space are in the midst of change. This edition discusses the most pressing challenges and opportunities that infrastructure investors and …

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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 identifies market ramifications of electric vehicles, covered by specialist press

By 2025, it is estimated that a quarter of Europe’s light vehicle sales will be electric vehicles (EVs); by then, China’s government is targeting a penetration rate of 20%. S&P Global Ratings’ report asserts that EVs could pose significant market changes for the automotive, oil and gas utilities, and metals and mining industries. The electrification …

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America’s airports should continue to soar, writes S&P Global Ratings’ Mar Beltran for Airport Improvement

Airport operators in America face a dilemma: air passenger volumes might be increasing but revenues per passenger are falling. And there may be future challenges, too. The rise of both ride-hailing apps and online shopping outlets could cannibalize parking and commercial revenues, respectively. Mar Beltran, S&P Global Ratings’ sector lead for infrastructure, EMEA, outlines how …

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S&P Global Ratings highlights tech disruption among key risks for transportation sector, covered by specialist press

S&P Global Ratings’ 2018 transportation sector trends report concludes that the industry must adapt to technological and mobility disruption, which presents both risks and opportunities for operators. The report provides an outlook for operators of ports, airports, toll roads and car parks. S&P believes that these sectors are stable, though operators should look to exploit growth opportunities …

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Asia’s infrastructure projects are stepping up, writes S&P Global Ratings’ Abhishek Dangra in Brink Asia

The South and Southeast Asia region (SSEA) is embarking on many of the world’s most intensive infrastructure projects. The Asian Development Bank estimates that SSEA will spend a total of US$9.5 trillion on infrastructure between 2016 and 2030. Given this critical period of development, S&P Global Ratings’ director of Asia Pacific Corporate Ratings, Abhishek Dangra, …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson discusses America’s battery storage revolution for BRINK News

Few technologies can boast the potential to permanently disrupt America’s energy markets. Advanced battery energy storage (ABES), however, may be an exception to the rule. Writing for BRINK News, Michael Ferguson, S&P Global Ratings’ director of U.S. energy infrastructure, believes that ABES could upend America’s existing power model. Ferguson notes: ‘Once the financing of batteries on …

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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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