Swiss oil trader Vitol and UK investment firm Low Carbon have launched a new investment fund that will stimulate renewable-energy development in Europe. VLC Renewables has about 200 million euros, about $233 million, in initial funding and will focus on both land-based and offshore wind projects.
Clean-energy investments and jobs are important for Michigan and central to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, according to El-Sayed's "Renew Michigan" plan. He has also expressed support for helping the state achieve 100% renewables.
Ontario, Canada, has nixed 758 contracts with renewable-energy projects, including a number of wind farms that were very early in the development process. Greg Rickford, provincial minister of energy, mines, northern development and indigenous affairs, says the decision will save ratepayers money.
Cargill's adjusted operating earnings jumped 76% in the fourth quarter, while adjusted operating earnings for the fiscal year hit $3.2 billion, a 6% increase from last year. The company's Animal Nutrition & Protein segment is largely being credited with the operating earnings increase, while Cargill's Origination & Processing segment achieved a seven-year high for fourth-quarter earnings.
Krill fishers and leading UK retailers have reached a voluntary agreement to limit fishing in certain areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. "Retailers have worked closely with suppliers like Aker BioMarine as well as Greenpeace to ensure the region and its wildlife will now be better protected," said Peter Andrews, head of sustainability policy at the British Retail Consortium.
The European Commission's health and food safety representative, has asked EU ministers to "strengthen their national enforcement activities on the labelling practices" of food businesses and underscored the importance of cracking down on misleading labels. Vytenis Andriukaitis also suggested additional regulations could be implemented if loopholes continue to be exploited.
Processing maize to create corn flakes cuts the phenolic acid and tocopherol content of the end product, with dry-milling removing the majority of phenolics, according to University of Illinois researchers. "If these phenolics could be recovered from the bran-containing co-products of milling, they could be used as all-natural biofortifying agents with a multitude of positive benefits," said Martin Bohn, co-author of the study.
The US Food and Drug Administration said during a public meeting last week that it should have control over cell-cultured animal products because it has the expertise needed to regulate the burgeoning industry. While the US Department of Agriculture also seeks control, the FDA is gaining support from food companies that say it is already familiar with processes and labs similar to those that will be used for "clean meat."
The Department of Energy says a nearly 1,700-foot-long tunnel at the Hanford site in Washington state is at risk of collapse and has asked a state agency to forgo a comment period and allow filling to begin next month. Separately, the Energy Department has delayed a draft request for Hanford cleanup bids to September.
The Trump administration is reportedly seeking to investigate national-security implications of uranium imports. "The global uranium market is not a level playing field," argues Energy Fuels executive Paul Goranson.