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Australia launches pioneering green Treasury Bond for ethical investing

The Australian government is preparing to introduce its first-ever green Treasury Bond, targeting an issuance window between April and June 2024. The bond, which will mature in June 2034, signifies a strategic pivot towards sustainable and ethical investments, underscored by its alignment with the nation’s environmental objectives.

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A consortium of banking heavyweights, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Deutsche Bank, National Australia Bank, UBS AG Australia Branch, and Westpac Banking Corporation, has been appointed to manage the initial public offering. These Joint Lead Managers (JLMs) will spearhead a comprehensive investor roadshow that will traverse Australia, the UK, Europe, and Asia starting 11 April 2024.

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This initiative, managed by the Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM), aims to support projects that address nature conservation, adaptation, and enhanced environmental outcomes. The bond's framework has been designed to meet international green bond standards, ensuring that the investments contribute effectively to sustainability goals.

Greg Liddell from Betashares highlighted the anticipation surrounding the green Treasury Bond, noting its alignment with both ethical values and investment returns. This bond offers a unique opportunity for ethical and responsible investors to diversify their portfolios with a focus on sustainability, potentially driving a broader adoption of green bonds across Australian states and corporations.

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Following the investor roadshow, a syndicated transaction is anticipated, marking a significant step towards integrating ethical considerations into mainstream investment strategies and fostering global interest in Australian-denominated green bonds.

Aligned with the goals of the UN Paris Agreement and the global journey towards net-zero emissions, DGB Group’s commitment to environmental initiatives produces certifiable carbon units, addressing the growing need in this domain. DGB’s green bonds direct investments into projects focused on nature, delivering environmental and socio-economic benefits. Offering an attractive 8% return, these bonds grant investors the dual advantage of financial gains and the satisfaction of backing initiatives aligned with their environmental values, thereby aiding in creating a more sustainable world.

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