Finance in Agriculture in a Changing Climate Webinar

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 4:00-5:00 PM (AEST)

Learn how the finance sector is delivering the market signal for reduced emissions and enhanced climate risk management in agriculture.

This webinar will explore how finance initiatives can assist Australian agriculture to engage with climate risk and motivate investment in emissions reduction within the sector. It will feature presentations from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Rabobank who will discuss (with examples) their approaches and initiatives in financing debt and equity. Presentations will be followed by a facilitated Q&A session.

About the Speakers:

Rory Lonergan, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

The CEFC is an active financier to agribusiness. They have worked closely with the sector to identify where clean energy technologies can have substantial benefits for on-farm production and storage activities. In the past five years, CEFC has invested more than $260 million in some 1,100 agriculture projects: from solar PV to energy-efficient farm equipment, machinery upgrades and bioenergy solutions to convert agricultural and animal by-products into renewable energy. This is in addition to a landmark investment in the sustainable cropping fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). The presentation will discuss CEFC’s debt finance initiatives through various channels, approach to equity investments and early-stage/venture capital activities.

Marcel van Doremaele, Rabobank Group Exec Country Banking Australia

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is a part of the global Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 120 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 40 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 10 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is one of Australasia’s leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region’s food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 93 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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