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: , , , , |

2017 French presidential platforms: What about energy?

The first round of the French presidential election will take place on April 23rd and it is time to take a closer look at the energy proposals of the five main candidates who are leading in opinion polls, i.e., François Fillon (Les Républicains-UDI, center-right), Benoît Hamon (Parti Socialiste-Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, left), Marine Le Pen (Front [...]

By |April 13th, 2017|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |

Implications of Stanford’s 100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS) Energy Roadmaps

Stanford University researchers recently published a report on “100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS) All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World”.
The figure below is: “a proposed WWS transformation timeline for the 139 countries. It assumes 80% conversion to WWS by 2030 and 100% by 2050. Section S12 lists proposed timeline [...]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , |

Country performance and regional overview based on the World Energy Trilemma Index 2016

The World Energy Council published its World Energy Trilemma Index 2016:

“The 2016 Energy Trilemma Index reveals signs of progress on all dimensions of the energy trilemma. Thirteen of the 125 countries assessed achieve a triple-A score. Efforts to increase resource productivity and manage energy demand growth will be key in ensuring a balanced energy trilemma.

This [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Categories: Map|Tags: , |

Energy supply investment in 2015, selected markets

As highlighted by a recent IEA presentation: “Top five markets comprised over half of global energy supply investment.” And: “Boosted by record power sector spending, China regains its position as top investment market, while the US declines due to sharply lower oil and gas investment”
Energy supply investment in 2015, selected markets

Source: IEA. Turkey’s energy policies [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , |

Average effective carbon rates by country and price instrument (biomass emissions included)

The OECD released its latest Effective Carbon Rates report. The report shows that: “Carbon prices often are zero or very low. Across the 41 countries, 60% of carbon emissions from energy use are unpriced. Where carbon is priced, the price tends to be low. The damage from climate change resulting from a tonne of CO2 [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , |

Philippines, a first example of the limited top-down approach in climate change negotiations

Eight months ago, the world leaders were meeting for the COP21 in Paris. The French Presidency wanted so much to make it a success that it might have claimed victory a bit too fast. 2015 had been a tough year for France and settling an international deal on climate change was maybe a way to [...]

By |July 25th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , |

Financial sector and energy: is Canada dry?

Canada is one of our favorite countries. A continent-wide territory, full of natural resources, a very low population density (4 inhabitants per square kilometer!) but highly educated and with a good technological know-how. Yes… We love Canada. We even love it more since the Canadian people elected Justin Trudeau as a Prime Minister during the [...]

By |May 31st, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

A little bit of the Donald…

We never saw it coming, but in the end, it seems that nothing is impossible in America. Donald Trump is thus going to be the next Republican official candidate for the next presidential election in the United States. So it is now necessary, even though really inconsistent, to have a closer look to Mr. Trump [...]

By |May 26th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |

Greece, being saved but ripped off?

The Greek question has been on the agenda for too long now. However, it is still strikingly unsettled. Bailout after bailout, agreement after agreement, the international lenders are trying their best to put the country back on tracks… don’t they? Somehow, there is still that feeling that we are keeping at the table a broke [...]

By |May 25th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |