National Australia Bank (NAB) is the first Australian bank to launch a green bond backed by residential mortgages that meet international low carbon buildings criteria. CEFC made a cornerstone investment of AU$25 million in NAB’s $300 million tranche of Class A1-G Notes that has been certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI).
The CBI has reviewed Australian building codes and energy ratings schemes to determine which are in line with these trajectories. Buildings approved under those codes and energy ratings schemes can automatically be deemed compliant with the Low Carbon Buildings criteria and eligible for CBI certification, providing confidence for investors about the sustainability of the underlying assets. NAB’s green notes were part of a larger non-certified AU$2 billion Residential Mortgage Backed Securitisation (RMBS).