Tag Archive: Infrastructure

Trump, energy and the environment – S&P Global Ratings releases the December issue of IFR Outlook

S&P has released the December edition of IFR Outlook, the newsletter of key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating news. In the front-page feature, Michael Wilkins, head of environmental and climate risk research, assesses global trends in climate finance. Looking back at the year since the Paris Agreement, he explains that continued development of the …

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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’ 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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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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