Tag Archive: environmental finance

As green bonds go from strength to strength, China holds the key, says S&P

As investors around the world aim to decarbonise billions of pounds’ worth of their portfolios in a move away from a dependence on fossil fuels, government-led financial incentive schemes such as the promotion of ‘green bonds’ – a tax-exempt bond issued specifically to fund environmentally friendly projects – will be crucial. In fact, new research from …

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S&P looks at green investment in the specialist sustainability press

In an article for specialist sustainability publication, Blue & Green Tomorrow, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Environmental Finance Research at Standard & Poor’s, explains that the Paris Agreement, which emerged from the United Nations’ COP21 conference in December, marks a milestone in the fight against climate change. The agreement sets …

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A new dawn, a new day? S&P explains the implications of The Paris Agreement

Last December’s climate change conference in Paris (COP21) saw governments from 195 countries approve a global climate deal – also known as The Paris Agreement – which sets out a series of unprecedented financial, technical, and legal principles that will govern greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts. Of course, critics argue the efforts may not go far …

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Commerzbank’s sustainable trade report makes a splash in the specialist press

The future of a sustainable world economy depends on mitigating ethical, social and environmental risks to trade. Commerzbank, having produced a major new report in March 2015 that identified the drivers of sustainable trade, has followed up with a second report on the subject this year. Titled Insights: Scenarios for the Future of Sustainable Trade, …

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S&P explores the risks of climate change in a new report

With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) having taken place in Paris, governments and business leaders will reflect on the next steps to limit global warming. All stakeholders now realise the urgent need to combat the negative impacts of rising global temperatures to the global economy. As such, Standard & Poor’s has released an in-depth …

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S&P discusses the future of climate change ahead of COP21

As the world looks to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris – COP21 – the future of a low-carbon global economy is high on the agenda. Governments will seek strategies to limit the rise of global temperatures – with a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius being the target. But making the jump to a …

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S&P reports on the effect of environmental and climate risks on corporate ratings in Environmental Finance

Rising environmental and climate risks are likely to increase related credit rating actions in the coming years, according to S&P’s recent report in Environmental Finance. Looking back, the report reveals that, so far, the lion’s share of changes to ratings have occurred in the oil refining sector, regulated utilities, and unregulated power and gas subsectors. …

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SFS CEO Roland Chalons-Browne features in Environmental Finance’s Quotes of the Quarter

Environmental Finance’s latest Quotes of the Quarter edition – presenting some of the defining quotes of the third quarter of 2015 – features Roland Chalons-Browne, CEO of Siemens Financial Services. He comments on the rise of lenders looking at offshore wind and the market’s appetite for well-structured projects. To read the Environmental Finance Quotes of the …

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S&P examines the rise of responsible investing in Global Capital

Mike Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance at Standard & Poor’s (S&P), talks to Global Capital, about responsible investing and the increasing use of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) approach. He goes on to explain that while S&P have the tools in their methodology to account for environmental and climate risk, they are continuing …

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Filling the funding deficit; the focus of S&P’s November Infrastructure Outlook

In Standard & Poor’s November edition of its Infrastructure Outlook newsletter – featuring all the key ratings updates and research relevant to infrastructure and project finance – Michael Wilkins, managing director, discusses the funding gap and financing surplus in EU infrastructure with industry experts. Together they explore the trend that despite there being record-low interest rates …

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