Financial services giant National Australia Bank (NAB) has signed on as the major conference partner for Australia’s premier clean energy industry event, Clean Energy Week 2014, the Clean Energy Council announced today.

NAB joins major sponsor and global industry leader Trina Solar in supporting the event.

Clean Energy Council Deputy Chief Executive Kane Thornton said NAB had demonstrated its commitment to clean energy in Australia over many years, and this major conference sponsorship was further evidence that NAB sees renewable energy and energy efficiency as being at the core of our future energy market.

“This major conference partnership between NAB and Clean Energy Week demonstrates NAB’s leadership and forward-thinking strategy for Australia’s future economic development,” Mr Thornton said.

“Clean Energy Week is an industry-driven conference that is a must-attend for anyone involved in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, and having NAB on board will allow greater collaboration between the industry and those who finance projects.

“At a time when energy is at the crossroads and Australia’s Renewable Energy Target is under review, it’s great to see a major player in the finance sector like NAB recognise the importance of the $18 billion clean energy industry both now and in the future.”

NAB Executive General Manager Specialised Finance, Swati Dave, said the bank was proud to be the major conference partner for Clean Energy Week 2014.

"At NAB we recognise the importance of the environment and the role it plays in our long-term sustainability, and the wellbeing and prosperity of our economy and communities," she said.

“NAB is also the leading arranger of project finance, by market share, to the Australian renewable energy sector, having arranged more than $1.8 billion of transactions in the past eight years.

"For these reasons we are very pleased to be supporting Clean Energy Week 2014."

Clean Energy Week will be held in Sydney from 22 to 25 July 2014. For more information visit cleanenergyweek.com.au.

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.

About NAB

One of Australia’s biggest banks¹ and largest listed institutions², NAB manages relationships with retail, corporate and institutional clients, and financial organisations internationally. A strong balance sheet contributes to maintaining a AA- credit rating and has seen NAB rank as the safest Australian bank and #16 overall in Global Finance Magazine’s World’s 50 Safest Banks³ listing.

NAB Group’s operations in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States serve over 12 million banking and wealth management clients, providing access to international financial markets and an extensive range of specialised funding, liquidity, investment, asset services and risk management capabilities.

Our strong international relationships, combined with the local market knowledge of more than 42,000 employees and a network of more than 1800 stores and Business Banking Centres help us deliver efficient results worldwide.

We seek to differentiate ourselves through the belief in the potential of our clients, communities and employees. This belief motivates us to make a positive impact on our clients and communities; it also underpins a strong and sustainable business for our shareholders.

1. Ranked 20th globally – industry ranking – and 76th overall in the world’s Biggest Public Companies (Forbes April 2012)
2. By market capitalisation (ASX) and total assets (Forbes April 2012)
3. World’s 50 Safest Banks report, Global Finance magazine 2013