In 2018, China extended its coal to gas and coal to electricity program from 12 to 35 cities from the previous year as a part of the country's six-year fight against pollution, Reuters reported March 11, citing Environment Minister Li Ganjie.
Li said China has installed ultra-low emissions technology at over 80% of the country's total coal-powered plant capacity.
Switching the country's winter heating program, which uses approximately 400 million tonnes of coal per year, to natural gas and electricity plays a major role in China's efforts aimed at controlling pollution, according to the report.
The number of households that switched from coal to gas and electricity rose from 4 million a year in 2017 to 4.8 million in 2018.
Earlier, it was reported that China's share of thermal coal in its energy mix dropped to 59% in 2018, from 68.5% in 2012.