Tag Archive: Green bonds

S&P rating on MidAmerican Energy Co.’s first green bonds is covered by specialist press

S&P Global Ratings has assigned its ‘A+’ issue rating and ‘1+’ recovery rating to MidAmerican Energy Co.’s (MEC) – a subsidiary of Warren’s Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway – first “eligible green” bonds. MEC’s first mortgage bond issues, worth $375 million (due 2027) and $475 million (due 2047) respectively, will replenish the utility’s general funds that were …

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S&P’s Mike Wilkins details updated Green Bond Evaluation in interview with Responsible Investor

Following a climate finance panel discussion at COP22 in Marrakesh, Mike Wilkins, S&P Global Ratings’ Head of Environmental and Climate Risk Research, tells Sophie Robinson-Tillett of Responsible Investor that S&P’s ‘Green Bond Evaluation’ is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2017. “We’ve been providing credit ratings on green bonds for a number of …

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S&P Global Ratings tells Blue & Green Tomorrow that greater standardisation will help green bonds flourish in real estate

Green bonds – bonds issued to fund sustainable investments – are growing in the global real estate sector. In a commentary for a leading sustainability specialist, Blue & Green Tomorrow, Eric Tanguy, Senior Director at S&P Global Ratings, suggests that green bonds are increasingly aligning the interests of commercial real estate tenants, commercial real estate …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins tells Environmental Finance that the Green Bond Evaluation will be released in ‘early 2017’

After S&P Global Ratings released a proposal for assessing green bonds in September 2016, Michael Wilkins, Head of Environmental and Climate Risk Research, tells Environmental Finance that the new and improved Green Bond Evaluation will be released in the first quarter of 2017. The evaluation tool is now the product of an extensive consultation period, …

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S&P Global Rating’s Michael Wilkins tells the ICC what should be accomplished at COP22

Since the UN’s Paris Agreement was made in December of 2015, significant progress has been made towards raising the financing required to achieve its goal of restricting global temperature rises to under 2 degrees from pre-industrial levels. However, in an article for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), S&P Global Ratings’ Head of Environmental and …

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S&P Global Ratings assesses the scaling up of climate finance a year after Paris

In a new report released at the 22nd annual UN Climate Change Summit (COP22) in Marrakesh, S&P Global Ratings reflects on the climate financing that has been achieved since the Paris Agreement in December 2015, and what more will be required to meet the Agreement’s aim of reducing global temperature rises. The comprehensive report shows that …

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Be prepared; S&P’s Michael Wilkins spoke to Global Capital about why environmental factors are quick becoming essential considerations for investors

In an interview  for specialist financial magazine Global Capital, Michael Wilkins, head of environmental and climate risk research at S&P Global Ratings, explains that – in response to investor demand – S&P has proposed two new assessment tools for evaluating the environmental impact of a bond issued or a future project. In the interview, Wilkins …

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S&P tells Property Week green property financing is forecast to grow

In an interview with Property Week, S&P Global Ratings’ Eric Tanguy predicts that green financing, through the use of green bonds, is expected to play a larger role in the real estate market in the years to come. He predicts this will be driven by two factors. “Firstly, green bonds promote the efforts of property …

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S&P proposes new sustainable financing tools

The environmental impact of a project is becoming an increasingly important factor to investors seeking new places to put their money – in large part due to increasing climate change policies that are “putting a price on carbon” globally. However, there is a significant gap between the demand for “green financing” tools – that is, …

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S&P tells the specialist press “New shoots for green bonds in real estate need nurturing”

A recent report by S&P Global Ratings reveals that demand for green bonds in the real estate sector has grown rapidly since 2012. While tenants are increasingly interested in environmentally sustainable buildings that consider cost saving programs and energy consumption, investor appetite is driven by green bonds’ potential for high-yields, reduced exposure to regulatory and …

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