Families in northern China have traditionally used coal to keep themselves warm in winter. Photo: Xinhua

China’s plan to reduce use of coal for heating in northern homes still facing problems, report says

  • High cost and lack of supply of alternatives like natural gas and electricity hampering Beijing’s ambitions, study suggests
  • And concerns are growing that once subsidies end, poor households will return to burning coal
Topic |   Beijing air pollution

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Families in northern China have traditionally used coal to keep themselves warm in winter. Photo: Xinhua
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Linda Lew

Linda Lew

Born in China and raised in New Zealand, Linda joined the Post as a reporter in 2018. Previously, she freelanced for Chinese technology media site TechNode. She holds bachelor's degrees in arts and commerce from the University of Auckland, and has a master's in global business journalism from Tsinghua University.