Fighting coal — Effectiveness of coal-replacement programs for residential heating in China: Empirical findings from a household survey

TitleFighting coal — Effectiveness of coal-replacement programs for residential heating in China: Empirical findings from a household survey
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsShimei Wu, Xinye Zheng, Nina Khanna, Wei Feng
JournalEnergy for Sustainable Development
Volume55
Pagination170 - 180
Date PublishedJan-04-2020
ISSN09730826
Abstract

Household fuel substitution has been a crucial step for controlling air pollution in China, but the performance evaluation of household fuel substitution policies is overlooked. This study capitalized on the opportunity to use data collected during the household coal-replacement program in North China to evaluate the effect of a mandatory policy on fuel substitution at the micro-level. The results indicate that there is a significant effect of the coal-replacement program on fuel substitution, as we expected. The coal-to-electricity policy is effective in achieving the goal of a clean winter but not a warm winter due to the decline of delivered energy, while the high-quality coal replacement policy results in better performance in delivered energy but no improvement in indoor air quality. It is recommended to prioritize supporting measures on both the supply and demand sides before implementation, along with undertaking differential measures during the implementation phase to better address energy inequality.

DOI10.1016/j.esd.2020.02.002
Short TitleEnergy for Sustainable Development