CEFC and ANZ commit $200m to help SMEs go green

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The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is investing up to $200 million alongside ANZ Bank as part of a new program to provide discounted clean energy finance to ANZ business customers. 

The discounted finance is designed to encourage small to medium sized (SME) businesses to invest in a broad range of activities to cut their emissions—from renewable energy to energy efficient and precision agricultural equipment, recycling technologies and electric vehicles (EVs).  

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The CEFC and the ANZ will each contribute 0.25 per cent toward a 0.5 per cent discount on loans of up to $5 million. The finance extends the well-established CEFC co-financing programs, which have seen financial institutions provide more than 5,500 asset loans to business borrowers Australia-wide. 

CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said, “Best-in-class clean technology is good for business and the environment. Businesses that install renewable energy and adopt the latest energy efficiency innovations can improve their bottom line and reduce their emissions.  

“Small to medium businesses are a critical part of Australia’s economy. As the cost of energy and other inputs continues to rise, it is important to help them access the benefits that renewable energy, battery storage and energy efficient equipment can deliver.   

“In the five years we have worked with the ANZ we have seen strong interest from SMEs in using clean energy technologies to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their energy efficiency.” 

ANZ has committed to support customers transition to net zero emissions by 2050.   

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ANZ managing director of commercial and private banking Isaac Rankin said, “At ANZ we are supporting our customers to invest in their businesses and help them to transition towards a low-carbon economy.

“We are seeing many of our customers change how their businesses operate, moving towards a more sustainable future. Whether it be an electric truck or solar panels, we want to give Australian businesses access to finance, services and advice to invest in equipment which will help them shift to low carbon business models and operations that put them on a path to net zero emissions.” 

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