The $300 million green tranche of the bond is backed by NAB-originated mortgages for Australian residential properties that meet the Climate Bonds Standard criteria for Australian low-carbon residential buildings.
According to NAB, investors in the bond include socially responsible funds and more mainstream investors from Australia and overseas.
Former NSW premier Mike Baird, who is now NAB’s chief customer officer for corporate and institutional banking, said that the arrangement was part of NAB’s effort to play a part in “Australia’s transition to a low-carbon economy”.
“This transaction is another small, but important, step in that journey,” Mr Baird said.
The $2 billion RMBS is the first Australian security of its type to meet the criteria for certification under the Climate Bonds Standard by the Climate Standards Board of the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI).
Annie Kane is the editor of Mortgage Business.
As well as writing news and features on the Australian mortgage market, financial regulation, fintechs and the wider lending market – Annie is also a regular contributor to the Mortgage Business Uncut podcast.
Before joining Momentum Media in 2016, Annie wrote for a range of business and consumer titles, including The Guardian (Australia), BBC Music Magazine, Elle (Australia), BBC Countryfile, BBC Homes & Antiques, and Resource magazine.