Tag Archive: Green bond market

“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’ Michael Wilkins considers the “greenium” debate in Growth Company Investor

It is often claimed that investors purchasing green-labelled bonds pay an inflated price. Writing for Growth Company Investor, Michael Wilkins, managing director, Environmental & Climate Risk Research, S&P Global Ratings, wades in on the debate. Wilkins notes that the limited supply (and overwhelming demand) of green bonds has driven up their value compared to conventional …

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S&P explains why “green finance is more than just green bonds” in Environmental Finance

In order for a bond to be included on the green bond indices, it must be labelled “green” by the issuer, at the point of issuance. However, not all bonds that contribute to climate change mitigation are labelled “green” and not all green financings are bonds. Nicole Martin, Managing Director, Green Evaluations, S&P Global Ratings, …

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City Of Gothenburg receives first Green Evaluation for municipal green bond, with a score of E2/67, covered by the specialist press

  The City of Gothenburg received a score of ‘E2/67’ on S&P Global Ratings’ new Green Evaluation scale for its Swedish krona (SEK) 1 billion of green bonds due on 15th June, 2022. The bonds, issued on 15th June 2016, have been allocated to fund a number of eligible projects as part of the Swedish …

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S&P Global Ratings releases its Green Evaluation product

On April 26, S&P Global Ratings released its highly anticipated Green Evaluation product – an asset-level environmental credential which builds upon today’s existing frameworks of governance and transparency (e.g. the Green Bond Principles). Although green bond issuance doubled to US$82.6 billion from 2015 levels, the market remains relatively small, representing only 1.4% of a $90 …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins explains why greater standardisation will allow green bonds to flourish in an article for RICS Property Journal

In light of intensifying environmental and financial pressures, a growing number of corporates are seeking economically sustainable properties that can reduce energy costs as well as fulfil corporate social responsibility commitments. With this in mind, the issuance of green bonds – debt instruments whose proceeds are used to fund environmentally sustainable projects – have been …

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For Environmental Finance, S&P’s Michael Wilkins discusses why two new assessment products could boost green investment

In a recent article for Environmental Finance, Michael Wilkins managing director and head of environmental & climate risk research at S&P Global Ratings, discusses why two new assessment tools will increase green bond issuance by bringing much needed transparency and standardisation to the market.   In his article, Wilkins explains that while investors are increasingly …

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S&P Global’s May IFR Outlook looks to a decarbonised world economy

The latest issue of Infrastructure Outlook from S&P Global – which brings together the key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news from the past month – focuses on why growth in the green bond market will be key to a sustainable world economy. Exploring the success of this nascent market, Michael Wilkins, …

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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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