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Energy transition in Africa - part 2: ECAs up support for big-ticket African renewables
Energy transition in Africa - part 2: ECAs up support for big-ticket African renewables
Jack Colyer
21 June 2021

According to TXF Intelligence, 2020 marked a landmark year for large-scale ECA-backed renewable projects - with two such financial blueprints emerging. But this fledgling sector has a long way to go to reach project finance adolescence and pure commercial bankability.

Energy transition in Africa - part 1: Putting energy transition into context
Energy transition in Africa - part 1: Putting energy transition into context
Jack Colyer
9 June 2021

It is estimated that over 600 million Africans do not have access to power, a figure that is expected to increase by 40 million per year. This rapidly growing need for energy amidst a deepening climate crisis poses a problem; how will African nations meet the energy needs of its people while keeping carbon emissions to a minimum?

ECA direct lending: Why is it so appealing?
ECA direct lending: Why is it so appealing?
Jack Colyer
27 May 2021

With bank liquidity increasingly allocated to fewer but larger big-ticket deals, impending regulation and a record low commercial interest reference rate (CIRR) on offer, many buyers are looking to ECA direct lending to tap cheap debt. But what makes direct lending so attractive, and how prevalent is it?

Is the OECD Consensus too inflexible for emerging markets?
Is the OECD Consensus too inflexible for emerging markets?
Jack Colyer
18 May 2021

Since the introduction of the OECD Consensus over forty years ago, the framework has acquired numerous updates - most recently an increase to the local content requirement limit for ECA cover. Welcome though this may have been, the Consensus is still regarded as too inflexible, especially for emerging markets.

Decarbonising shipping: What gets measured gets managed
Decarbonising shipping: What gets measured gets managed
Jack Colyer
6 May 2021

With 80% of world trade requiring shipping to one degree or another, it is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. So what can be done to facilitate the green transition in shipping? Especially given renewable fuels are not economically viable as a feedstock to power the industry - for now.

TCFD in export finance: Does one size fit all?
TCFD in export finance: Does one size fit all?
Jack Colyer
4 May 2021

Born out of the concern that financial institutions were not adequately accounting for their exposure to climate-related risks, TCFD has targeted industry-wide adoption, however many in the export finance sector remain ambivalent. So, where does TCFD stand, and what needs to be done to overcome industry inertia?

Export finance 2021: A look under the hood of the global report
Export finance 2021: A look under the hood of the global report
Jack Colyer
27 April 2021

TXF’s 2021 Global Export Finance Industry Report has revealed a series of trends in the export finance industry, largely centered around the drive towards sustainability, and the adaptation of ECA and bank products to suit a growing need for flexibility that has come to light since the start of the pandemic.