EnvironmentConservation of Biodiversity and Habitats

Conservation of Biodiversity and Habitats

Asian Waterbird Census

Habitat survey
Habitat survey

TeaM Energy Foundation, Inc. (TEFI) was established to handle the CSR activities of TeaM Energy Corporation (TeaM Energy), an independent power producer in the Philippines in which Marubeni owns a 50% stake. In cooperation with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, TEFI has participated in the Asian Waterbird Census, an Asian aquatic bird population survey conducted by the international NGO “Wetland International”, every year since 2010, and collects data on waterbirds within a 10-kilometer radius of the Pagbilao and Sual power plants, which are owned and operated by TeaM Energy. The survey has confirmed that the environmental impact on the neighborhoods around the power plants is low, and a healthy environment is being maintained.
The areas around the Pagbilao and Sual power plants are sanctuaries of the Philippine duck (Anas luzonica), an endemic species of the Philippines that is designated as “vulnerable” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014 issued by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The sites of the power plants are resting spots for many other birds, including migratory birds.
TEFI takes steps to safeguard the habitat of these birds through noise reduction measures, limitations on development, and habitat relocation in the event of development. In the 2020 survey, a total of 313 Philippine ducks and 10 brahminy kites were confirmed at the power plant sites and within a 10-kilometer radius.

Afforestation Program

Afforested area
Afforested area

TEFI is carrying out projects to plant acacia, eucalyptus and other tree varieties at its Pagbilao and Sual power plants in partnership with neighboring communities as well as NGOs such as Siosio East Environment. The average survival rate of the saplings planted is 95%. To date, approximately 100 hectares at Sual and 150 hectares at Pagbilao have been planted and are being maintained.

For approximately five years, until the ownership of the Pagbilao and Sual power plants are transferred to the state-run power company from 2024 through 2025, Marubeni will continue to protect and maintain a total of 144,400 ha of forests where TEFI has been carrying out conservation and afforestation, as well as at other activity areas.

Engagement to Reduce Loss of Biodiversity

Forest Conservation Activities and Providing Livelihoods to Indigenous People

  • Forest conservation activities
    Forest conservation activities
  • Interaction with local residents
    Interaction with local residents
  • Products and honey produced
    Products and honey produced

Since 2010, TEFI has been implementing a Community Carbon Pools Program (C2P2) in the municipality of General Nakar in the province of Quezon, in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local residents, and international and local NGOs.

TEFI conducts training and provides funding to a honey manufacturing facility powered by solar energy. In addition to honey, the communities of General Nakar produce and resin, food and other non-timber products and also engage in textile dyeing and tea harvesting.
These activities provide livelihoods and improve living standards for 40 communities and over 2,000 local residents, and help to preserve the 144,000 hectares of forest and prevent deforestation. They also contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions caused by deforestation, the long-term conservation of forests, and the promotion of carbon storage with forests.

The Handling of RSPO/ISCC Certified Products

Roughly 30% of the palm oil and palm oil derivative products handled by our subsidiary Baum & Co., Inc. (USA) are RSPO/ISCC certified products.
We are doing our part to promote such certified products by responding to the needs of our environmentally conscious customers.

Contribution to Sustainable Fishing

Pacific bluefin tuna stock, playing a key role as one of the top predators in the Pacific Ocean marine ecosystem, contributes to employment and economy in Pacific coastal countries including Japan. However, it remains near the historic low and the sustainability of the stock in the future is a concern.
Responding to this situation, Marubeni Corporation announces to release a joint statement, "PACIFIC BLUEFIN TUNA CONSERVATION PLEDGE" in November 2016 with five Japanese companies involved in distribution of marine products. This pledge is published on a voluntary basis through WWF Japan’s leadership.
Marubeni have promoted the sales of MSC and other fishing industry certified products, and contributed to a sustainable fishery. Participating in this joint statement, Marubeni will work on the management of sustainable fishery resources.

Click here to view the “PACIFIC BLUEFIN TUNA CONSERVATION PLEDGE” web site.
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Support for "Sustainable Seafood Week 2019"

With increasing concern that seafood is being depleted from seas around the world, efforts are being made to shift toward sustainable use of marine resources. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Japan Office, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Japan, and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan hold the Sustainable Seafood Week (SSW) 2019 to further spread the awareness of sustainable seafood across Japan in October. The annual campaign started in 2014 and this time is the sixth year.
Sustainable Seafood refers to food made from fish caught by methods that prevent depletion of marine resources or farmed responsibly, and do not have adverse effects on the biological system, to preserve the valuable marine resources into the future. Marubeni has been promoting the handling of MSC certified products, which are guaranteed as natural marine products caught with consideration of marine resources and the environment. Marubeni supports the activities of the Sustainable Seafood Week that aim to spread the practice of sustainable seafood.

Click here to view the "Sustainable Seafood Week 2019" web site. (Japanese only)

Cooperation with Stakeholders

Support of the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren

In January of 2020, the Company announced its agreement with and support of the Revision to “Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren and Action Policy” of October 2018 put out by the Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation.