China hints at bigger role for gas in 2017

China’s annual parliamentary gathering this month underlined the country’s commitment to curbing coal consumption, with gas set to benefit
By Li Xin 21 March 2017
Coal production in Hebei. The heavily polluted province has increased its environmental budget. (PA)

China has used its annual parliamentary session to signal an exciting year ahead for gas, with industry reforms and increased switching from coal high on the agenda.

Beijing will continue to take aggressive action to reduce Chinese coal consumption this year. China is the world’s largest consumer of the fuel, and the clampdown is set to benefit gas.

China will take comprehensive steps to reduce small-scale domestic coal burning, promote clean winter heating in the north of the country, and replace coal with electricity and gas in...

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