“Is US infrastructure going green?” asks Michael Ferguson, S&P Global Ratings, in Public Finance International

US infrastructure needs are enormous. Water, wastewater and irrigation systems alone require more than US$630bn of investment up to 2033 to bring them up to modern standards, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Green finance could be used to help meet these substantial infrastructure requirements, writes Michael Ferguson, Director, S&P Global Ratings in Public Finance International.

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S&P Global Ratings publishes Infrastructure Finance Outlook, its latest quarterly newsletter


S&P Global Ratings has published its latest edition of Infrastructure Finance Outlook – the quarterly newsletter reviewing the global infrastructure sectors’ key new stories.

Changes in regulations and advances in technology have plunged the infrastructure sector into a period of disruption. In this edition, S&P Global Ratings discuss the credit risks and opportunities that the rise of autonomous vehicles and smart cities present to investors and issuers – as well as how political and regulatory risk and sustainable finance initiatives are evolving.

Moorgate compiles, designs and edits Infrastructure Finance Outlook.

Read it here.

 

ICC United Kingdom Secretary General discusses benefits of Heathrow expansion and infrastructure investment in BBC Business Live interview

Speaking to BBC Business Live, Chris Southworth, ICC Secretary General, explains that the expansion of Heathrow Airport and approval of a third runway was exactly what British businesses needed to remain competitive, especially following Brexit.

Countering claims that investment should have gone to regional airports instead, Southworth said it was not a case of “either or” but of “both and” – with a pressing need for the UK to invest in all its aviation infrastructure to support trade and economic growth.

“An expanded Heathrow will increase the UK’s ability to develop international trade links with the rest of the world, particularly with emerging markets. New routes, connections and cargo capacity will benefit businesses of all sizes and sectors in every region” Southworth further stated.

Watch the full interview here.

Bazalgette Finance Plc S&P Global Ratings’ Green Evaluation covered by the specialist press

Bazalgette Finance has issued £175 million of index-linked green bonds to fund its Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT) in London. S&P The financing has received an S&P Global Ratings’ Green Evaluation score of E1/95.

Noemie de la Gorce, analyst in S&P Global Ratings’ sustainable finance team said that the S&P Global Ratings’ high green evaluation score includes the “positive environmental impact from the increase of available fresh water in the tidal Thames from wastewater treatment, as well as carbon savings.”

This news was covered in Waterbriefing, Utility Week, IJ Global, Better Society, Environmental Finance (please note the paywall/login for the last three websites).

S&P Global Ratings’ Mar Beltran warns airports of retail and mobility disruption

S&P Global Ratings’ senior director and lead for Infrastructure EMEA, Mar Beltran, has warned airport operators of the future disruption in the face of evolving trends in the retail and mobility industries.

In an article for Airport Business, Beltran explains that technological disruption from online retail outlets and ride-hailing apps are threatening airports’ commercial and ground transportation business models.

Read the full article pages 14-15 of Airport Business (May 2018 edition). Aviation Pros reprinted the article here.

America’s airports should continue to soar, writes S&P Global Ratings’ Mar Beltran for Airport Improvement

Airport operators in America face a dilemma: air passenger volumes might be increasing but revenues per passenger are falling. And there may be future challenges, too. The rise of both ride-hailing apps and online shopping outlets could cannibalize parking and commercial revenues, respectively.

Mar Beltran, S&P Global Ratings’ sector lead for infrastructure, EMEA, outlines how management teams could respond for Airport Improvement.

“How airports position themselves ahead of these challenges and opportunities will be crucial to remaining profitable,” writes Beltran. “By boasting a diverse range of airlines and high capacity levels—alongside favourable regulatory conditions and a willingness to embrace consumer changes—they can continue to thrive.”

Read the article here.

S&P Global Ratings highlights tech disruption among key risks for transportation sector, covered by specialist press

S&P Global Ratings’ 2018 transportation sector trends report concludes that the industry must adapt to technological and mobility disruption, which presents both risks and opportunities for operators.

The report provides an outlook for operators of ports, airports, toll roads and car parks. S&P believes that these sectors are stable, though operators should look to exploit growth opportunities that arise from market changes. Notably, the advent of electric and automated vehicles and ride-hailing apps may require road and car park operators to modify their business models.

The report was covered by Port Technology and InfraNews.

Writing for the CUSP Blog, S&P Global Ratings looks at green financing for mitigation and adaptation projects

Sustainable infrastructure is key to the low-carbon transition, argues Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings in a blog contribution for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).

Infrastructure can both mitigate the effects of climate change and help protect communities from its effects. In both cases, this works to ensure a sustainable, prosperous economy. Yet to meet environmental and infrastructure targets, financing is crucial. Wilkins considers how the flow of sovereign and private capital can actively support the construction of both low-carbon and resilient infrastructure.

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