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Green Evaluations

S&P Global Ratings Green Evaluation

An S&P Global Ratings Green Evaluation is an asset-level environmental credential which aims to provide investors with a more comprehensive picture of the green impact and climate risk attributes of their portfolios.

Our independent and data-driven evaluation analyzes and estimates a project or initiative’s environmental impact and/or resilience level, including:
  • Green Buildings
  • Green Energy
  • Green Transport
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water
  • Fossil Fuel Power Plants (decreased carbon intensity of conventional energy production)
  • Nuclear

Green issuance and investment is on a firm upward trajectory, propelled by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, and the impetus it created to finance $1 trillion a year in investments for renewable energy and other initiatives to limit global warming.

At the same time, long-term investors are also recognizing the threat from greenhouse gases and have begun to diversify portfolios away from carbon-based investment. The final push is coming from corporations as they start to contend with the consequences of increasingly extreme and violent weather and flooding. Many are starting to see that managing environmental exposure may be more than risk management; it may be good for business.

So how green or resilient are your financing initiatives?

Benefits for Issuers

  • Diversify your investor base
  • Potential to enjoy long term pricing advantages
  • Internally benchmark your green performance Y-O-Y
  • Send a strong, pro-active message to stakeholders
  • Appeal to millennials as employees and customers

Benefits for Investors
  • Meet your clients’ needs/requests and satisfy your green mandates
  • Balance risk-adjusted financial returns with sustainability benefits
  • Reduce time to evaluate a complex and growing investment type

2019 U.S. Municipal Green Bond & Resiliency Outlook: Will The Self-Labeled Market Rebound?
Green Finance Takes Hold In the GCC
In Canada, Green Bonds Are Taking Root
Green Finance: Modest 2018 Growth Masks Strong Market Fundamentals for 2019
Raising Ambitions: Cop24 Tilts Towards Achieving 1.5 Degrees Climate Target
COP24 Special Edition: Shining A Light On Climate Finance
Plugging The Climate Adaptation Gap With High Resilience Benefit Investments
Determining The Resilience Benefit Of Climate Adaptation Financing
The Future Looks Green for CLOs
Climate Finance & Sustainability: Key Research By S&P Global Ratings, 2018
Greener Pastures: China Cuts A Path To Becoming A Green Superpower
Can Multilateral Lending Institutions Support Rising Demand In The Green And Social Bond Markets?
How Environmental, Social, And Governance Factors Help Shape The Ratings On Governments, Insurers, And Financial Institutions, Oct. 23, 2018
Through The ESG Lens: How Environmental, Social, And Governance Factors Are Incorporated Into U.S. Public Finance Ratings, Oct. 10, 2018
S&P Global Ratings' Proposal For Environmental, Social, And Governance (ESG) Evaluations, Sept. 24, 2018
Credit FAQ: What Are The Prospects For Green Sukuk Issuance?, Sept. 16, 2018
The Rise Of ESG In Fixed Income, Sept. 10, 2018
Nordic Green Finance Looks Set For Sustainable Growth, Aug. 16, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions: Green Evaluations And Transaction Alignment With The Green Bond Principles 2018, July 24, 2018
What The Evolution Of Smart Cities Will Mean For The Environment, The Grid, And The Rest Of Us, June 7, 2018
How Our Green Evaluations Align With The Green Bond Principles, Apr. 16, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions: Green Evaluations And Transaction Alignment With The Green Bond Principles, Apr. 6, 2018
A Look At Banks' Green Bond Issuance Through The Lens Of Our Green Evaluation Tool, Mar. 2, 2018
Green Finance: Making The Transition To A Climate-Resilient Future, Mar. 1, 2018
2018 U.S. Municipal Green Bond And Resiliency Outlook: Comparing The Self-Labeled Market With U.S. And Global Peers, Feb. 28, 2018
U.S. Green Finance Sees A Clearer (And Brighter) Year Ahead, Jan. 30, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions: S&P Global Ratings' Analytical Approach In Evaluating Green Transactions, Dec. 7, 2017
COP23: Two Degrees, With Separation, Nov. 23, 2017
How Do Labeled Green Bonds Measure Up?, Nov. 8, 2017
Understanding Climate Change Risk And U.S. Municipal Ratings, Oct. 18, 2017
Green America: Renewable Standards, Tax Credits, And What's Next, Oct. 10, 2017
Green Bond Pricing in the Primary Market—Is the Grass Greener?, Sep. 26, 2017
Green Bonds Are Increasingly Expanding France's Public Sector Investor Base, Sep. 26, 2017
Green America: The Prospects For The Development Of The Green Bond Market In The U.S., Sep. 5, 2017
D.C. Water & Sewer Authority's 2017A Senior Lien Bonds Receive Green Evaluation Score Of E1/92, Jul. 20, 2017
Brookfield White Pine Hydro Senior Secured Project Financing Notes Receive A Score Of E1/90, Jul. 10, 2017
Three Gorges Finance Receives E1 Score From S&P Global Ratings For €650 Million European Wind Project Bonds, Jul. 10, 2017
City Of Gothenburg Receives First Green Evaluation For Municipal Green Bond, With A Score Of E2/67, Jun. 19, 2017
Green Evaluation Analytical Approach, Apr. 26, 2017
Beyond Green Bonds: Sustainable Finance Comes Of Age, Apr. 26, 2017
We Won't Solve for Green Finance Unless We Solve For Infrastructure, Apr. 26, 2017
Paris Agreement Climate Pledges: Where Will The Money Come From?, Nov. 6, 2017
The Nordics Continue To Blaze The Trail For Green Bonds, Dec. 12, 2017
Evaluating The Environmental Impact Of Projects Aimed At Adapting To Climate Change, Nov. 10, 2016
Green Finance: Scaling Up To Meet The Climate Challenge, Nov. 14, 2016
The Corporate Green Bond Market Fizzes As The Global Economy Decarbonizes , Apr. 15, 2016



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