Global Clean Energy Holdings

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Global Clean Energy Holdings
Industry Biofuels, Energy, Oils, Oleochemicals, Aviation biofuel
Founded 2007
Headquarters Long Beach, California
Key people
Richard Palmer (CEO)

Global Clean Energy Holdings (OTC:GCEH) is a Southern California-based renewable energy company focused on the production and commercialization of non-food based feedstocks used for the production of biofuels, biomass and renewable chemicals.


In 2008, GCEH purchased approximately 5,000 acres of farmland in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The farm is a joint venture with Stewart A. Resnick and Selim Zilkha, two highly accomplished entrepreneurs with successful agricultural & alternative energy companies.[1]

The company currently owns and manages two Jatropha farms in the Yucatán, the larger of the two, located in the county of Tizimin, is nearly 9000-acres in size and is purportedly the largest single Jatropha farm in the Americas. The other is a small, research-based farm located near the city of Mérida.

On April 1, Interjet completed the first Jatropha-based biofuel test flight in Mexico. The fuel was manufactured by Honewell’s UOP LLC from oil produced by three Mexican Jatropha produces including Globales Energia Renovables, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Clean Energy Holdings.[2]

In mid-2011, GCEH, Emerald Biofuels and Honeywell's UOP LLC submitted a joint Renewable Fuel Standard pathway application to the U.S. EPA for Jatropha.[3] A pathway is necessary for Jatropha-based renewable fuels to qualify for generating Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Two weeks after the U.S. EPA approved Camelina for RIN (Renewable Identification Number) generation under RFS2,[4] Global Clean Energy announced its purchase of Sustainable Oils, LLC, a global leader in Camelina production and genetics.[5] Completed on February 13, 2013, the acquisition was trumpeted by Honewell's UOP LLC, Boeing and other public and private bio-energy stakeholders.[6][7]

Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Certification[edit]

In November 2012, GCEH became the first company based in North America and only biodiesel feedstock producer to achieve Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels certification.[8] The RSB standard is the result of a 4-year effort building a global consensus of over 120 organizations from farmers and biofuel producers to refiners, regulators, civil society and inter-governmental organizations.

In February 2013, Richard Palmer, CEO of GCEH, become a member of RSB Services Board of Directors.[9] RSB Services is the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) sustainability certification.


In November 2010, GCEH formed The Center for Sustainable Energy Farming (CfSEF), a non-profit research institution dedicated to advancing the quality of plant-based feedstocks for biofuel production.[10] It is fueled by socially responsible clean energy produced from Jatropha.

The Center‘s mission is to perform plant science research in genetics, breeding and horticulture, and further develop technologies to allow for the economic commercialization and sustainability of energy farms. The Center provides a common research platform to foster communication and cooperation among various national and international research institutions and organizations in the biofuel sector. From a global economics, environmental and social perspective, this collaboration will contribute to the development of more productive energy farms capable of supplying large quantities of plant-based (non-food) oils to replace the use of fossil fuels. This initiative has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs in the agri-business and alternative energy industries, expand the use of non-productive land, generate local business-to-business opportunities, reduce global dependency on oil reserves, and contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.[11]

The Center is focused on developing high-yielding commercial varieties of Jatropha curcas through interdisciplinary research cooperation across multiple scientific disciplines.[12] The center has a goal of improving yields 300 percent and reducing inputs by 30 percent within 10 years.


  1. ^ Bloomberg
  2. ^ Biodiesel MagazineBiofuels Digest
  3. ^ U.S. EPA
  4. ^ U.S. EPA
  5. ^ Biofuels Digest
  6. ^ Newswire
  7. ^ RSB Services
  8. ^ RSB Certificates
  9. ^ RSB Services announcement
  10. ^ Biodiesel magazine
  11. ^ Biodiesel Magazine
  12. ^ Biodiesel Magazine

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