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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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S&P Global Ratings’ Karim Nassif discusses the GCC’s infrastructure outlook in Infrastructure Intelligence

A recent trend of fiscal reform throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region has had implications for the infrastructure sector – and in some fields more than others. S&P Global Ratings’ Karim Nassif explains to Infrastructure Intelligence that low oil prices are encouraging governments to implement higher taxes and lower subsidies for the oil and …

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S&P Global Rating’s Michael Ferguson discusses U.S. nuclear decline in Energy World

Energy markets in the U.S. are facing what seems to be major structural changes. While the Obama Administration attempts to pass the carbon-reducing Clean Power Plan (CPP) through the U.S. Supreme Court, nuclear generation – which is mostly carbon free – faces plant closures due to competing gas prices and rising unprofitability. In an article …

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S&P Global Ratings analyses the near and long-term effects of the CORSIA agreement

The landmark Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) agreement, recently announced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (IACO), intends to reduce aviation-related carbon emissions beyond 2020. The agreement intends to shrink the aviation industry’s carbon dioxide emissions through a combination of technological advances, operational improvements (such as air traffic control) and the …

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S&P’s EDF downgrade reaches press following Hinkley approval

Following the UK government’s approval of a new nuclear build in Somerset, Hinkley Point C, S&P Global Ratings has downgraded French energy company, Électricité de France’s (EDF) credit rating from ‘A’ to ‘A-’. The cut considers the £18 billion nuclear project “complex” with high investments adding to the utility company’s already weak cash flow. The …

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Andrew England, iGTB, tells TFR that banks are sprucing up their legacy systems

In a 60 Second Interview with the October edition of TFR, iGTB’s Head of Strategy Andrew England says he sees the trade finance and cash management landscape broadening out as banks review whether they want to build or buy trade and cash solutions going forwards. Andrew talks about the challenges facing banks, having looked at …

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Specialist press cover Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and Ship Owners Association of Nigeria’s joint Maritime event

The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria’s (SOAN) joint event “The Future of the Maritime Industry in Nigeria” at Marlborough House on 28th September was featured in All About Shipping, Hellenic Shipping News, Oil, Gas and Shipping Magazine, Marine Link, This Day and Marine Network. Investors, business leaders …

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S&P’s Karim Nassif writes about the comeback of Sukuk financing in The Financial

First issued by the Malaysian government in 2000, sukuk – or Islamic bonds – are financing tools that do not breach sharia law. These bonds have since become an important part of corporate and infrastructure financing in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)  and Malaysia, with issuance totalling US $6.5 million by 2014 in these regions. …

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S&P highlights Brexit’s impact on investor appetite for British infrastructure

The prospect of leaving the EU is spreading uncertainty among investors in the UK’s infrastructure, according to a new report from S&P Global Ratings. In the report, ‘Brexit Is Weakening Investor Appetite For UK Infrastructure Assets. But Not For Long’, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance Michael Wilkins notes that, while Britain has historically attracted more …

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