China planned to replace about 150 million tonnes of "San Coal" burning in northern regions during the winter heating season by 2022, with clean energy or concentrated coal-fired heating systems, authority from the National Energy Administration revealed recently that the concrete plan is to be issued soon.
"San Coal" refers to coal used to heat households scattered in urban outskirts and villages.
The authority also noted at least 74 million tonnes of "San Coal" should be replaced in the next three years.
"Coal-fired heating areas accounts for 83% of all, while areas heated by natural gas, power and geothermal only make up 17%," the authority said.
"Urban fringes and villages burn about 200 million tonnes of coal for heating every year, accounting for half of coal burning for heating purpose," he said. "Not only the energy utilization rate is low, it also causes large air pollution."
Currently, 700 million people need heating in the freezing winter in 17 northern provinces. Facing such a large population, the country has advanced heating system upgrade from coal to clean energy like power or natural gas.
The latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on November 21 that over 4 million households have used clean energy for heating in northern key cities like Beijing, Tianjin and others in Shanxi, Hebei and Shandong.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Jessie Jia)
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