Tag: Green bonds

In Banker Middle East, S&P’s Michael Wilkins considers how green Sukuk is driving issuance in the GCC

The GCC faces high spending requirements on two fronts. Infrastructure projects require approx. US$120-150 billion between now and 2019, while refinancing corporate capital market debt also demands US$23.6 billion, due before 2019. However, green Islamic financing fuelled corporate and infrastructure Sukuk issuance in the GCC last year, writes Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at …

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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’ Jessica Williams discusses how both private and sovereign financing will help countries reach their Paris Climate Pledges in Energy World

Last year’s COP23 event focused on the need to accelerate climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, and increase infrastructure resilience. But where will the money come from? Writing for the Energy Institute’s publication Energy World, S&P Global Ratings Analyst, Jessica Williams, discusses how enabling private sector finance will likely be critical for decarbonisation ambitions to …

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In Sustainable City Network, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson considers the growth of the U.S. municipal green bond market

As market interest continues to mount in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation measures, U.S. cities and states are witnessing substantial reductions in their carbon footprints, as well as an ongoing mass transformation of the energy generation grid. As such, many municipalities are taking advantage of the “green bond” as a way to finance …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins calls for greater disclosure of green bond issuances in Environmental Finance

Speaking to Environmental Finance, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Environmental & Climate Risk Research, appeals for greater attention to effective disclosure of green bond issuances to ensure that their environmental objectives are met. A report by S&P Global Ratings has found that a lack of transparency and governance measures is significantly affecting 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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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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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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S&P Global Ratings’ first South American Green Evaluation scores E1/85, covered by the Spanish-speaking press.

S&P Global Ratings assigned its first Green Evaluation in South America to the municipal bonds issued by the Province of La Rioja, Argentina, totalling US$170 million. The green-labelled bonds will be used to partly finance the development of the onshore wind farm, Parque Arauco – which will see its current 50.4 megawatts (MW) capacity increased …

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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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