Chinese people warm their hands with coal. While coal is cheaper than natural gas, it is a far dirtier source of energy and is a big contributor to northern China’s choking smog. Photo: Sohu

China scrambles to avoid a repeat of last winter’s botched coal-to-gas conversion programme in highly polluting northern rural areas

China Gas, a major natural gas distributor, says it has lined up supply contracts to ensure it can heat a growing number of rural homes – but some analysts are sceptical as another winter approaches.

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Chinese people warm their hands with coal. While coal is cheaper than natural gas, it is a far dirtier source of energy and is a big contributor to northern China’s choking smog. Photo: Sohu
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