Low-carbon strategies and technology: Two key developments to watch for in 2017

The speed of technology advancement and low-carbon economy goals are among the top developments to look out for in 2017, according to S&P Dow Jones analysts. Along with shifts in the geopolitical and global economic contexts and a stronger institutional focus on long-term risks and opportunities, these developments will shape environmental, social and governance trends throughout the year. Although green growth is not a new topic, it was brought to the forefront after the Paris Agreement was discussed and made effective in November last year by 194 signatories and 129 parties around the world. Given the reach of the Paris Agreement, this year there will likely be a diversification in the types of issuers and issuances available of green bonds. […]

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The global tourism industry is set to reach, and possibly surpass, pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Five years post-COVID-19, the sector is experiencing a robust resurgence driven by a surge in international travel, improved air connectivity, and strong rebounds in key regions. However, global dynamics must be managed carefully to ensure stable and continuous growth. In 2023, international tourism reached 88% of its 2019 levels, a significant recovery favored by the reopening of Asian markets, as highlighted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Middle East led the way, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by around 20%, with Europe, the Americas, and Africa following close behind at approximately 90% of their […]