S&P Global Ratings’ Andrea Croner is quoted in Environmental Finance on the strength of the Nordic green finance market

In Environmental Finance’s article on the Nordic green finance market, Andrea Croner, Associate, S&P Global Ratings, says “The Nordic countries are leading the way for transparency of impact reporting” and “Nordic public sector entities have become sought-after specialists in this area. Partly thanks to their efforts, investing in green bonds has become more transparent and, therefore, more attractive to investors worldwide.”

 

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins is the guest speaker on the ICC World Business Organization’s Podcast on sustainable finance

In light of the UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, ICC United Kingdom Secretary General Chris Southworth, talks to Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings, about how the public and private sectors are enabling sustainable finance, the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) and resilient societies.

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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 S&P Global Rating. So, it appears that this nascent asset class could help the development of Sukuk issuance overall in the region.
Read the full article here on pages 44-45.

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 needs.

 

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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 be met.

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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 the transition.

In Sustainable City Network, Michael Ferguson, Director, Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings examines the representation of cities in America’s green bond market and how increasing numbers of municipal green bonds could help support sustainable goals.

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

S&PSpeaking 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 scores of self-labelled green bond issuances under S&P Global Ratings’ Green Evaluation. The Green Evaluation scores green bonds issued to finance carbon mitigation projects according to three criteria – mitigation, governance, and transparency – before aggregating them into an overall score, on a scale of E1 (highest) to E4 (lowest). After assessing 282 green bond issuances between January 2012 and July 2017, S&P Global Ratings found that the projects they evaluated tended to fall down at the point of effective disclosure through transparency and governance measures. This lack of effective disclosure, Michael notes, is even more apparent in the wider green bond market. Improving transparency and governance is crucial to ensuring that green bonds live up to the reason for their issuance – that is, making a positive contribution towards decarbonisation.

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