Heilongjiang province, one traditional industrial heartland in northeastern China, aims to realize clean winter heating for 60% urban households by 2019, and further for 80% by 2021, in a move to improve air quality, the provincial housing construction bureau said in a statement.
For counties and urban-rural linking areas, 50% and 70% of households are expected to enjoy clean heating in freezing winter by 2019 and 2021, respectively.
In both urban and urban-rural linking areas, Heilongjiang will ban burning of low-quality and heavily-polluting "San Coal" for heating purpose. Coal-fired heating facilities should either undergo ultra-low emission upgrade, or be replaced by clean heat sources like industrial waste heat, natural gas and electricity, etc.
(Writing by Jessie Jia Editing by Harry Huo)
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