Thick smog is a fact of life for many people living in China and coal is a major source of the country's air pollution. The government has been trying to clean the air by cutting factory and vehicle emissions and banning the use of coal for home heating.
The core businesses of China Coal, are coal production, coal chemicals and coal-bed methane exploration, mine building and coal mining equipment manufacture. It was spun off from the Ministry of Coal Industry in 1999, and held a HK$15.1 billion initial public offering in Hong Kong in 2006. In 2008, it raised 25.7 billion yuan through an IPO in Shanghai.