ANZ expands green scheme to transport

In News3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 16, 2023

ANZ Bank is expanding the scope of its Business Green Loan scheme to help more businesses switch to cleaner fleets, including electric vehicles.

The loan allows eligible customers to borrow up to $3 million at a special floating rate.

It can be used for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable land and water use, and the building, renovating, or purchasing of green buildings and clean transport.

Half of all new passenger vehicles now sold are either hybrid or full electric.

“Customers are increasingly coming to us for support and guidance, asking us what they can do, and how they can invest to future proof their businesses,” said Lorraine Mapu, ANZ managing director for business.

“We’ve seen the growing popularity of electric vehicles and businesses are asking how we can support them to shift to cleaner transport options.”

The loan can also be used to cover the installation of new charging points or infrastructure to support environmentally friendly transportation.

“An important part of our role as a bank is to support the shift to more sustainable practices by removing some of the cost barrier businesses face,” Mapu said.

“Investing in clean transportation can help reduce emissions and increase efficiency.

“Expanding our Business Green Loan to include electric vehicles and clean transport options is one important way we can help.”

Businesses that have already invested in these types of improvements can refinance their existing loans if they meet eligibility criteria.

The loan can also cover the replacement of commercial vehicles.

The loan can be used for:

Clean transportation – replacing fossil-fuelled vehicles with eligible ‘clean’ alternatives, including the installation of new charging points or infrastructure to support environmentally friendly transportation.

Energy efficiency – purchase and installation of eligible energy efficiency products in commercial buildings or industrial energy replacement projects. This includes heat pumps, biomass boilers, double glazing, insulation, air conditioning and lighting;

Renewable energy – solar installations;

Green buildings – building, renovating or purchasing a commercial building that meets certain New Zealand Green Building Council or NABERSNZ performance ratings;

Sustainable land use – planting projects that improve environmental outcomes through afforestation, reforestation and/or preservation of natural landscape;[3]

Sustainable water and wastewater – installation of products that improve water quality, wastewater and effluent treatment. This includes fencing, bridges or culverts for stock exclusion, feed pads and effluent ponds.