China expanded its coal-to-gas and coal-to-electricity projects from 12 cities in 2017 to 35 cities last year, China’s environment minister Li Ganjie said on Monday, as the world’s second-largest economy stepped up its fight against smog, reported Reuters.
China used to burn around 400 million tons of coal each winter, but the country’s war on pollution has prioritized exchanging coal for greener alternatives.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of China’s annual parliamentary meeting, Li warned that despite the strides made in 2018, China’s war on smog was getting harder.
“In reality the pressures are huge and it isn’t easy to be optimistic about the trends,” he said. “The things that could easily be done have already mostly been done, and the things that need to be done afterwards are much harder.”