Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Rwanda unveils first bio-diesel bus

26th March 2010. Rwanda unveils first bio-diesel bus. Rwanda's first bio-diesel bus has begun its inaugural trip from the capital Kigali to the town of Akanyuru on the border with Burundi. The Rwanda Biodiesel Express runs entirely on oil plants, animal fats and even used cooking oil from restaurants. Some say Rwanda is too small to grow enough bio-diesel crops for many buses.

The BBC's Geoffrey Mutagoma, who attended the inauguration, says that it took three years to develop the bus. The Rwandan government hopes that bio-diesel will help reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels.

Reference: BBC 26/03/2010
Global trade and environmental impact study of the EU biofuels mandate

EC/IFPRI The primary objective of this study is to analyse the impact of possible changes in EU biofuels trade policies on global agricultural production and the environmental performance of the EU biofuel policy as concretised in the RED. The study pays particular attention to the ILUC effects, and the associated emissions, of the main feedstocks used for first-generation biofuels production.

IFPRI Research Fellow discusses recent report, "Global Trade and Environmental Impact Study of the EU Biofuels Mandate," in this interview conducted Monday, March 29, 2010