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Key results

Green bonds

First Australian bank green bond issuer and leading arranger of Australian and New Zealand green bonds.

Clean energy

$13.4 billion provided to date in funding to clean energy projects to help address climate change.

Energy equipment discount

Over $163 million in discounted finance for energy efficient or renewable energy assets since June 2015.

Learn more about NAB's commitment to Clean Energy financing:

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Why is this important?

We know that managing the environment well is good for business. So we’re working to help our customers understand environmental risks and providing products and services (some new) to make it easier for our customers reduce their environmental impacts whilst improving their long-term profitability.

What do we do?

We are providing products and services that enable our customers to make long-term decisions that are good for the environment and their bottom line. We became an inaugural signatory to the Natural Capital Declaration – an initiative of the Natural Capital Finance Alliance – in 2011 and we are integrating consideration of environmental impacts and dependencies into our day-to-day risk management practices and decision-making.

The transition to a low carbon, resource-efficient economy in which our natural assets are valued and managed sustainably will require the scaling-up of private-sector investment in clean technology applications and systems for natural capital management around the world, both in developed and developing economies. From power generation and energy efficiency measures to transport infrastructure and smart agricultural practices, significant investment in existing and new technologies will be necessary.

Mitigating climate change requires changing the way we use energy – and how we invest in energy development. Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies promise significant potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment. Alongside measures to reduce the demand for emissions-intensive goods and services, significant stock of public and private infrastructure will also need to be replaced or modified. This provides an opportunity to invest in the technology, physical plant and equipment and infrastructure that will deliver emissions reduction outcomes.

How did we do it?

Four dedicated teams provide products and services to our customers to help them address environmental challenges or make the most of environmental opportunities.

  1. Capital Markets & Advisory team, who recognise the issues facing our customers, communities and the environment in which we operate and continue to develop a range of environmental financing solutions to support our customers, including arranging green, social and sustainability bonds and social impact bonds. The team also provides financial advisory services to customers in support of listed and unlisted capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions across renewable energy, infrastructure, real estate, agriculture and natural resources sectors.
  2. Specialised Finance team, who provide project finance and asset finance solutions to customers across a number of key industry sectors – specifically larger-scale infrastructure4, energy5, natural resource6 projects and renewable energy. If you would like to know more about how we can assist you with specialised financing, contact Andrew Smith, Global Head of Energy, Specialised & Acquisition Finance.
  3. Agribusiness team, who tailor finance and banking solutions for our agribusiness customers –including the first stage post-farmgate processing sector. We have an Agribusiness team in every state, in 111 locations across Australia.
  4. Equipment Finance Team, who in partnership with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, encourage customers to invest in the most energy efficient technology available by subsidising interest rates for eligible equipment.

Important information

1. NAB has retained DNV GL to provide an independent verification statement on the compliance of the NAB Climate Bond with the Climate Bond Standard.

2. Amount includes new transactions and re-financing.

3. Project Finance International 2006–2016 Asia Pacific Initial Mandated Lead Arrangers League Tables – MidYear 2016 US$ Project Allocation, NAB analysis ranking against four major banks – cumulative volume as at 30 June 2016.

4. Large-scale infrastructure includes national critical projects such as Public Private Partnerships in areas of education, health, social housing, justice, water and rail.

5. Energy projects include traditional power projects, energy distribution and transmission. Renewable projects are a key focus for the team and include such sectors as wind, solar and geothermal power.

6. Natural resource projects are arranged across selected mining and mining-related infrastructure.

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