Tag Archive: Infrastructure

S&P’s Mike Wilkins tells InfraNews that green infrastructure financing can evolve – despite Trump

The last five years has seen significant growth in climate-related infrastructure financing, but the election of Donald Trump raises new questions to that expansion. In the first of a new series of articles for InfraNews, S&P Global Ratings’ Head of Environmental and Climate Risk Research, Michael Wilkins, explains how, despite obstacles, environmentally-friendly infrastructure investment can …

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Increased infrastructure spending and market uncertainty could bolster project finance debt, says S&P Global Ratings

As of June 2016, S&P Global Ratings had rated $159.7 billion of global project finance debt. The majority of the debt is for projects in the U.S. (46%) and Europe (23%), with two thirds rated at investment grade (BBB- and higher). A recent study, published by the S&P Global Fixed Income Research Group, finds that …

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S&P Global Ratings assigns High Speed Rail’s £314 million debt issue ‘A-’

U.K.-based entity High Speed Rail Finance PLC (HSRF) has issued £314 million of senior secured rated debt. S&P Global Ratings has given a long-term ‘A-’ rating and stable outlook to HSRF’s issue, due to the project’s strong stand-alone credit profile. In addition to a lack of construction risk, S&P argues that the project benefits from …

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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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