China’s winter anti-pollution campaign is targeting to switch heating away from coal in over 7 million households in the north of the country, Kallanish Energy reports.
The country’s ecology and environment ministry said Tuesday the plan was to switch coal-fired boilers to natural gas or electricity by the end of October. It aims to convert some 7.09 million households around the major cities of Beijing and Tiajin, covering rural and suburban areas.
It’s unclear how much of this coal market share will be taken by gas and low-carbon electricity, but the plan suggests an increase in demand for gas imports.
Currently, around 60% of China’s energy mix relies on coal. The country has a long way to improve its air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of its planned carbon neutrality in 2060.
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