The Banker has named Natixis “Most innovative investment bank for climate change and sustainability” at its 2018 Investment Banking Awards.
The award recognises the innovative work Natixis is doing in the green and sustainable finance sector, including numerous first-of-their-kind deals and the development of an internal mechanism for integrating environmental risks into their overall risk assessment for financings worldwide.
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In a recent report, S&P Global Ratings states that the proportion of green covered bonds could rise significantly, as regulators encourage green finance and banks focus increasingly on the financing of green assets.
The news was covered in Environmental Finance and Global Capital.
In an article on green finance, Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance, says that the growth of the green finance market was spurred by the Paris Agreement and “the general realisation within the financial sector that climate change could pose a real systemic risk.”
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Following extreme weather events last year, the international community has issued multiple calls to strengthen infrastructure against extreme weather events and the expected impact of climate change. Writing for the Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership (CISL), Miroslav Petkov, Director, S&P Global Ratings explores the need for and potential rise of adaptation infrastructure finance.
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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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With ongoing advances in sustainability, the risk of being unable to monetise carbon assets grows by the day. A new book from Routledge, Stranded Assets and the Environment: Risk, Resilience and Opportunity, explores the ramifications of asset stranding across various sectors of the global economy.
Mike Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, supplies chapter 8, drawing on research and real-world corporate case studies to focus on the credit implications of stranded assets.
ACS Servicios Comunicaciones y Energía S.L.’s (ACS SCE) €750 million worth of green notes has received an S&P Global Ratings’ Green Evaluation score of E1/83.
This high score is supported by proceeds allocated to renewable energy and water projects in countries with medium carbon intensity grids and medium to high water stress – and is coupled with our hierarchy adjustment that reflects the role that these technologies play in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
The news was covered by Global Water Intelligence and WaterBriefing Global
As key providers of financing, banks have a significant role to play in the transition to a low-carbon economy. S&P Global Ratings’ recent report considers the growth of green bonds issued by banks in recent years and prospects for continued green financing to account for an increasing proportion of bank lending in the future.
The news was covered by Environmental Finance, The Asset, and Quartz.
The proposed bonds that will finance the Eólica Mesa La Paz wind farm, in Mexico, have received an S&P Global Ratings Green Evaluation of E1/91 – the highest score available. Eólica Mesa La Paz will finance the construction of a 306-megawatt (MW) onshore wind project, located in Tamaulipas, by using a new senior secured bond for $303 million with final maturity in December 2044.
Benefitting from a robust project finance legal structure and high-level commitments to reporting on carbon reduction efforts, the project received scores of Transparency (80), Governance (95) and Mitigation (92).
This news was covered by Windpower Engineering and Development, Power Finance & Risk and Renewables Now.
Modern Land (China) Co. Ltd.’s US$350 million of green bonds – to finance environmentally certified buildings in China – have received an S&P Global Ratings Green Evaluation score of E1/84.
The high Mitigation score of 92/100 is because of the high level of expected avoided carbon emissions compared with the baseline scenario – due to the high carbon intensity of the coal-dominated grid.
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