Policy & Regulation

China hands gas key role in winter heating

Policymakers want half of northern China heated by clean energy during winter within two years Policymakers want half of northern China heated by clean energy during winter within two years.
By Colin Shek 18 December 2017 0 28815
A gas storage facility in Changbei, China. A gas storage facility in Changbei, China. (Shell)

China wants to double the amount of gas burned for winter heating in northern cities by 2021, even as it backtracks from an unprecedented coal-to-gas switching campaign that has left thousands of people without heating in freezing weather for nearly a month.

Northern China burned 25.9 billion cubic metres of gas for heating in 2016, and the government wants this increased by around 23 bcm by 2021, with 14.6 bcm coming from cities and 8.5 bcm from rural areas, according to a clean heating plan released...