CBA is piloting a low-rate loan to support agribusinesses who make an effort to reduce their net emissions and make their properties receptive to the natural order
While Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Nats believe they have the next Federal election in the bag, even without any effort needed at the climate change forum COP26, see story on this link, others outside politics are making their own conscious effort where possible to make a difference.
In a first for the Australian agriculture industry, Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has announced a pilot that will provide funding at discounted rates to support agribusiness customers invest in environmental initiatives on their properties.
CBA Group Executive Business Banking, Mike Vacy Lyle, said: “We are excited to launch this pilot that will offer participants funding, at discounted rates, to invest in eligible initiatives that enhance both natural resources and climate resilience for the future.”
Mike Vacy Lyle said the eligibility criteria for this pilot covers a broad range of sustainability practices, such as projects to reduce emissions, sequester more carbon, improve soil health, promote biodiversity and vegetation cover, and protect waterways.
“From planting shelter belts of trees to water use efficiency projects, we want to support customers who are adapting to the changing climate and protecting the environment in which they operate.
“An important part of the loan will be verification with the customer that the funds are used for defined, eligible purposes.”
“Our first pilot loan is well on its way to supporting Victorian horticultural producer Katunga Fresh, who is investing in the energy efficiency of their glasshouses, which will reduce their emissions intensity,” Mike Vacy Lyle concluded.
Katunga Fresh is a privately held company of the Van Den Goor family, established in 2003, and one of the leading producers of truss tomatoes in Australia. The family arrived from Holland and purchased a 1,200 square metre glasshouse, and today have expanded to 21 hectares of glasshouses.
Owner of Katunga Fresh, Pete Van Den Goor, said, “We are excited to be the first CBA customer to trial this pilot offer. It is very pleasing that our bank is actively supporting our sustainability plans to become net zero carbon.
“The great thing about this project is that it means we are generating operating cost savings while reducing our impact on the environment. It is win-win for us.”
This pilot follows CBA’s launch of an Australian-first sustainability linked loan for agriculture and CBA’s Property Sustainability Upgrade Loan for new and existing business customers with commercial properties.
Registrations of interest in the Agri Green Loan can be sent via email to AgriGreenLoan@cba.com.au