Category: Infrastructure Finance

S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson considers the development and prospects of the U.S. green bond marketplace in American Infrastructure

2017 has seen a surge of global green bond issuances. The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) quantified the total figure for H12017 at $55.8 billion – representing a $21.2 billion increase from the same period in 2016. Despite the sharp increase in both America’s municipal and corporate issuances this year, the majority of green bond marketplace …

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Writing for Brink Asia, S&P Global Ratings’ Mar Beltran describes Australia’s infrastructure turnaround

Prior to the financial crisis, Australia enjoyed a decade of promising infrastructure projects. Privatizations of the country’s four major airports, along with extensive highway construction, were infrastructure successes. But – tempered by construction difficulties, overambitious project forecasting, and highly aggressive financial structures – Australia suffered multiple high-profile defaults. Coupled with the financial crisis, the country’s …

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Michael Wilkins, S&P Global Ratings, discusses the transformation of the energy market and the increasing penetration of renewables for InfraNews

The global energy market is in flux. In the face of power supply gluts and low commodity prices – fossil fuel producers, integrated utilities and merchant generators have shifted their business strategies. What’s more, the growing presence of renewables is disrupting the grid’s status quo – with increasingly favourable regulatory policy and technological improvements aiding …

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Investing in Europe’s car parks could be a bumpy ride, warns S&P Global Ratings in City AM

Europe’s car park infrastructure is undergoing significant growth: in the past year, four of the largest operators have been put up for sale, while M&A activities are commanding high prices. Although the recent flurry of deals appears promising, S&P Global Ratings argues that the future could look far less favourable for car park assets. Notably, …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Rachel Goult on decreasing demand for university accommodation in IPE Real Assets

With quality of university facilities increasingly becoming a key consideration for prospective students and league tables alike, university accommodation holds promise as an asset class. Private investors are continuing to look to the traditionally resilient market for portfolio diversification but – as Rachel Goult, Director, Global Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings, suggests – this could …

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Fighting climate change with green infrastructure; S&P’s Michael Wilkins writes for the World Bank Blog

According to NASA, 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. So – with climate change high on the global agenda – almost every nation signed the 2015 Paris Agreement, the primary goal of which is to limit carbon emissions and the rise in global temperatures to below 2°C above pre-industrial …

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“Paris Agreement climate pledges: Where will the money come from?” S&P Global Ratings’ report covered by the specialist press  

  The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, so far ratified by 168 countries, formalises nations’ efforts to combat climate change. These targets, however, come with a significant price tag: the total implementation cost for countries that have submitted specific financial figures to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) stands at about US$5.3 trillion. S&P Global Ratings’ …

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S&P Global Ratings completes its first UK Green Evaluation for Bazalgette Finance’s £10 billion issuance, covered by the specialist press

Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd issued a £10 billion, multicurrency bond program in June 2016. The proceeds will be used to finance the design, construction, commission and maintenance of the Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT) and have received an S&P Global Ratings Green Evaluation score of E1/95. The TTT project aims to ensure the UK’s compliance with the …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson explains the performance of the US green bond market in Renewable Energy World

2017 marks a year of outstanding growth in the global green bond market, but the US is trailing behind. Partisan gridlock over federal climate change policy has translated into uncertainty over investment conditions for renewable development and has slowed green bond uptake. Yet, significant decarbonisation activity at state level means that this uncertainty has not …

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On the ICC’s blog, S&P offers its perspective on green finance and COP23

With environmental disasters becoming an increasing risk, businesses and policymakers around the world are sitting up and taking note of the effects of climate change on trade. Spurred by the 2015 Paris Agreement, carbon-reductive practices in energy and infrastructure – and the necessary financing – are rising, with green bond issuance nearly doubling in 2016 …

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