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Is China changing its stance on coal heating with natural gas?
Due to domestic gas supply shortages in recent years, China has been softening its stance to displace coal heating with natural gas. China approved nearly $6.7 billion worth of new coal mining projects in 2018, and production increased 5.2% to 3.55 billion tonnes.
How much coal is used in China?
Most of the roughly 3.9 billion tons of coal consumed in China in 2018 was burned for power or heat. Coal is also used as a feedstock in several industries, including chemicals, iron and steel.  In 2018, coal accounted for 59% of primary energy consumption in China, according to official sources. 
What has the Chinese government done to reduce coal consumption?
 In December 2016, NDRC and the National Energy Agency issued the 13th Five-Year Energy Development Plan, which calls for coal consumption of no more than 4.1 billion tons and 58% of primary energy by 2020.  Throughout 2017, the Chinese government moved vigorously to convert coal heating to natural gas in many northern Chinese cities.
Is China鈥檚 coal demand falling?
While it could indeed be said that Chinese coal demand has been relatively flat for a few years now, importantly, it hasn’t been falling in the absolute sense. For production, China鈥檚 December coal output was 2.1% higher than it was in 2017, hitting the highest level in over three years .