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CBA rolls out agricultural ‘green loan’ nationally

Beef Central, 24/08/2022

FOLLOWING a successful pilot phase, Commonwealth Bank has announced the national rollout of its Agri Green Loan, as part of a commitment to supporting customers transitioning their business and to invest in environmental projects.

The launch opens the door for more farmers and graziers to access funding – at discounted rates – for eligible purposes that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, build resilience to climate variability, and enhance their natural capital.

CBA is one of several banks announcing similar lending schemes in the past year.

Group Executive of Business Banking Mike Vacy-Lyle said agriculture was a core sector for the Australian economy, representing 12 percent of goods and services exported, and it was crucial the sector is supported to deliver a purposeful transition.

“The drive towards greater sustainability is creating more opportunities for agribusinesses,” Mr Vacy-Lyle said.

“Agribusinesses are continuing to take actionable steps to reduce their environmental impact and often also enhance farm productivity. Many of our customers are transforming their operations by investing in new technology and upgrading infrastructure to reduce emissions or adopt more sustainable farming practices.”

 

Source: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Peter Dunn, 24/08/2022

    Remember when the Commonwealth Bank was considered (together with the other 3 major Australian banks) as one of the 4 pillars of the Australian economy. Basically this is still considered by many to be case.
    However, is it still the same bank or is it now more international than national? Is it now more influenced by global activism than by national imperatives? Is the enticement to environmental transition likely to provide long term advantage for individual farmers ahead of the bank and activist interests?
    These are key questions for any farmer battling market uncertainties, weather unpredictability, FMD and LSD incursion threats, not to mention, power bills, grocery bills, fuel bills, tax bills and labour costs (the latter only for the lucky ones who can find farm workers).

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