Rwanda energy: back to Kigali. Oil, brought from the coast by road, must account for nearly all the country’s fossil energy


This is my last “Rwanda energy” blog for the time being – back to work in Brussels tomorrow. I could have written about other things I saw – a biodiesel plant east of Kigali, a murky lake that I was told was for dammed hydropower – but wasn’t convinced…

I would have liked to learn more about the efficient biomass stoves that some families are buying – with health benefits as well as lower wood consumption.

Most depressing thing: I was surprised that in such a tightly run country – in which police speed checks are really for speed, not for bribes, and in which the plastic bag ban seems universally respected – there were so many badly adjusted diesel engines in buses and lorries.

Most interesting thing: the sight of people selling PV systems in an up-country market ( ). I heard that in Kenya, in households that get a single solar light, children do two hours more homework. Here, it’s a whole home lighting system. It’s not the whole answer – we need to solve transport energy for that – but it’s an inspiring start.

(The EU made a contribution of which I’m proud – by stimulating demand for solar PV, our renewable energy legislation helped sharply drive down the price.)

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

One thought on “Rwanda energy: back to Kigali. Oil, brought from the coast by road, must account for nearly all the country’s fossil energy”

  1. Hi Paul
    We are keen to setup a high tech pyrolysis plant in Kigali which uses waste tyre and plastic as raw materials and produces oil and black carbon.
    We found availability of waste tyres and plastic but are stuck on the selling of the end products as in the demand/buyers. It would be a great help if you could provide some insight on the same.
    Kanad kashyap


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