Friends of the Earth Japan
Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)
One year has passed after Marubeni Corporation announced its “Business Policies Pertaining to Sustainability” in relation to its business activities in coal-fired and renewable energy power generation in September 2018. In this policy, Marubeni stated “By 2030, Marubeni will cut its FY2018 coal-fired power net generation capacity of approximately three gigawatts in half.” But has any progress been made yet?
Unfortunately, we cannot see any meaningful change. Marubeni is still involved in several projects of new coal-fired power plants, which are shrouded with environmental/ethical issues such as human rights violations and pollution problems. Even though construction of the Akita Port Power Plant project (provisional name), was postponed in August this year, Marubeni has not announced any changes or further cancellation regarding other pipelines. Specifically, Marubeni is still driving big projects listed below.
* Cirebon 2 (Indonesia) (1,000MW)
* Thabametsi (South Africa) (630MW)
* Nghi Son 2 (Vietnam) (1,200MW)
* Akita Port (tentative name, Japan) (1,300MW) – no official announcement of cancellation yet.
In response to this, 15 campaigners have sent the letter to Mr. Kakinoki, President and CEO of Marubeni Corporation, on 18th September.
Our requests are:
- Take immediate action to be consistent with the Paris Agreement.
- Apply the sustainability policy not only to “new” projects but also to projects that are currently planned and under construction, and cancel all the pipeline projects in the world, namely Cirebon 2, Thabametsi, Nghi Son 2, and Akita Port.
- Disclose information on the status of the four coal projects mentioned above, and on the progress in the coal power net generation reduction plan.
We call upon Marubeni to strengthen its coal policies and exit coal power generation as soon as possible. The letter to Marubeni’s CEO is supported by civil society groups and NGOs from around the world as listed below.
And at the same time, Rapel (Rakyat Penyelamat Lingkungan: People Environment Safer) at Cirebon, Indonesia submitted the letter “Re: Our Continuous Opposition against the Cirebon Coal-fired Power Plant Project – Units 1 and 2 in West Java, Indonesia and Our Strong Demand for Marubeni’s Immediate Divestment from the Project” to Marubeni to indicate their continuous opposition to the Cirebon project.
Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED), Philippines
Centre for Environmental Rights
Rapel (Rakyat Penyelamat Lingkungan: People Environment Safer) Cirebon, Indonesia
Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI – FoE Indonesia)
WALHI West Java, Indonesia