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UK govt sells green bank in Å“2.3b deal

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AFP, London :
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), created by the British government to fund environmental projects, is to be sold to Australian financial services firm Macquarie Group in a Å“2.3 billion deal, the government said Thursday.
Under the deal, worth $2.6 billion (2.7 billion euros), Macquarie has vowed to invest at least Å“3 billion of new funds into Britain's green economy over the next three years.
The government, GIB's sole shareholder, launched the sales process to privatise the fund last year.
"The Green Investment Bank has been very successful in attracting private capital to the UK's green economy," said Nick Hurd, Climate Change and Industry Minister.
"It now makes sense to move it into the private sector where it will be free from the constraints of public sector ownership".
Macquarie Group's David Fass said the deal "will open further opportunities in low carbon investment both in the UK and further afield."

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