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.
The BBC’s Geoffrey Mutagoma, who attended the inauguration, says that it took three years to develop the bus.
This represents about 8.5% of the country’s total area and has led some to doubt whether Rwanda is big enough to make bio-diesel a viable alternative to fossil fuels.
But Rwanda’s Minister of Forestry and Mines Christopher Bazivamo dismissed such fears.
“We could plant moringa trees along all the roads. That way there would be no land shortage problem,” he told the BBC.