The Treasury of Victoria has issued Australia's first state or federal government bonds with international Climate Bond Certification, raising A$300 million ($224 million; €203 million) to finance environmental projects in the state.
The triple-A rated bond, launched on Monday, was fully subscribed in a little more than 24 hours, according to a statement. The bond has a tenor of five years with a yield of 1.79 percent.
The total book order of A$300 million was supported by 17 investors comprising insurance companies, funds managers and investors with a specific green or socially responsible investment mandate.
The transaction's proceeds will go towards financing and refinancing state investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, low-carbon public transport and water treatment schemes. Projects include LED traffic lights, mini-hydroelectric power stations, low-carbon buildings, the Melbourne Metro Tunnel, the Mernda Rail extension and the development of a large-scale renewable energy power station, according to the statement.
The London-based Climate Bonds Initiative certified the bond under its Climate Bond Standard & Certification Scheme, which aims to ensure that the proceeds are used in ways that help boost the low-carbon economy.
“It’s evident by the strong market demand for these bonds, that they make economic sense – giving investors the confidence of a triple-A rated government security, with the assurance that funds will be used for ethical and environmentally friendly investments,” said Victoria Treasurer Tim Pallas.