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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Yujing Liu

Yujing Liu

Yujing Liu is a business reporter with a passion for understanding and explaining the fascinating complexities of China’s economy and society. Originally from Beijing, she joined the Post in 2017 after graduating from the University of Hong Kong with a degree in politics and journalism.