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S&P Global Ratings’ research into the risks associated with U.S. hydro assets in the age of Trump featured in the specialist press

Despite the U.S. president Donald Trump’s agnostic approach towards climate change, a recently-published S&P Global Ratings report has found the 2,200 U.S.-based hydropower facilities are experiencing a financing renaissance. While questions have been raised due to the nation’s stagnating hydropower capacity and fears the resource will be side-lined under Trump’s administration, S&P believes a resurgence …

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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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Energy markets in the spotlight: S&P Global Ratings releases the latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating news – suggests energy markets around the world are under tough scrutiny. In the front page feature, Pierre Georges, director of EMEA utilities, explains that in an environment of weak power prices, Europe’s nuclear fleets face …

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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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For Environmental Finance, S&P’s Michael Wilkins discusses why two new assessment products could boost green investment

In a recent article for Environmental Finance, Michael Wilkins managing director and head of environmental & climate risk research at S&P Global Ratings, discusses why two new assessment tools will increase green bond issuance by bringing much needed transparency and standardisation to the market.   In his article, Wilkins explains that while investors are increasingly …

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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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S&P Global Ratings goes green with its latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news – is out now, and the outlook is green-tinted. This month, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Global Environmental & Climate Risk Research, describes a new product to analyse and …

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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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