What effects of the integration of “Energy-Climate-Natural Resources” determinants in the country risk methodology?

The Beyond Ratings country risk proprietary methodology is based on five pillars of analysis, of which the Energy-Climate-Natural Resources (ECR) pillar is the main innovation in comparison with conventional methodologies. The comparative analysis of risk scores, excluding and including the Energy-Climate-Natural Resources determinants, reveals that they provide distinct complementary information to the determinants of the [...]

By |April 27th, 2017|Categories: Analyst's Insight, Research Note|Tags: , , , , |

A few good men…

“Since 1956, the Paris Club has remained a central player in the resolution of developing and emerging countries' debt problems”. This is how the Paris Forum introduces itself on its webpage. And yet, in spite of its major role, its impact in the medias is very limited. Last week, the Paris Forum gathered again, as [...]

By |November 26th, 2015|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , , |

Natural catastrophes: A United Nations’ report in questions

On Monday November 23rd, the United Nations, through its office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) released their latest report: The human cost of weather related disasters (1995-2015). According to the organization, the death toll caused by climate change since the COP1 (or 1995) was [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The IMF and the World Bank advocating for a CO2 tax

Four days ago, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, published a common editorial in the French newspaper Le Monde, calling for a global rolling out of the CO2 tax. According to them, the transition to a green future requires actions both from public [...]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |

Potential GHG benefits of substituting natural gas for coal in the power sector

Note: Analysis assumes efficiencies of 42% for supercritical coal and 59% for natural gas CCGT, for power plants installed in China in 2020 based on IEA (2013c), and methane leakage of 0.0045 kg CO2e per MMBtu of coal produced, based on U.S. data (U.S. EPA 2014), for lack of better global estimates. We use a [...]

By |June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , |

Significant climate anomalies and events in 2014

Sources: National Climatic Data Center, NOAA ; WMO, WMO statement on the status of the global climate in 2014, March 2015

By |March 31st, 2015|Categories: Map|Tags: , , |