In the world of today, the natural environment is being rapidly impacted by climate change as well as a wide variety of other factors. Economic development, for example, brings with it prosperity and convenience, but at the same time can destroy the environment and deplete natural resources. The development of a country’s economy can also lead to social issues, such as increased economic and social disparity as well as human rights and labor issues. Climate change, meanwhile, is a phenomenon that can have devastating effects on our business operations through the resulting rises in temperatures and sea levels, ecosystem destruction, and torrential rain and other extreme weather patterns.
Marubeni realizes that the solutions of social and environmental issues also represent business opportunities that society is anxiously waiting for a general trading company to take advantage of. However, in order to continue growing, Marubeni must coexist with society and the environment while also advancing business activities to generate profit. To this end, the Marubeni Group is currently orientating its business activities toward resolving pressing global issues related to energy, social infrastructure, and other matters.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is seen as a source of stable energy and is therefore rising in importance in global energy strategies. It can be found in massive quantities in reserves that are located in a wide range of regions across the globe. Marubeni began developing its LNG operations in 1985, and these operations now connect producing countries with consuming countries through a network that consists of 21 bases in 15 countries. Marubeni’s LNG business contributes to the resolution of a number of issues faced by the global society. It does this by creating employment opportunities in producing countries and transmitting technologies to these countries while also training their people. For consuming regions, this business contributes through a long-term, stable supply of energy. Moreover, the LNG business helps fuel industrial and economic development while also preserving the environment.
Electricity consumption is growing on a global scale as populations expand, living standards improve, electric appliance demand rises, and computers and telecommunications equipment become more widespread. This trend will likely continue into the future. At the same time, there is a need to address the issue of water resources, including regional accessibility and the risks that arise from population growth and climate change. Marubeni is tackling these challenges by directly investing in power and water projects in various countries to help provide stable supplies of power and water. Furthermore, after investment is commenced, Marubeni remains a strong presence in the surrounding communities by operating these facilities for periods of 20 to 30 years, thereby contributing to the development of local industries and communities while spurring its own ongoing growth.